Former Congressman Rick Berg Elected as New NDGOP Chairman

Former U.S. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., talks about his life after leaving office during an interview Friday, May 10, 2013, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

When state Senator Kelly Armstrong launched his campaign for the U.S. House he had to step down from his position as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party.

Since then Vice Chairman Jim Poolman has been serving as the acting chairman, but today the party’s state committee met to select a new chairman.

That chairman is former state lawmaker, former Congressman, a Fargo-based businessman Rick Berg.

I’m told that Berg was the only candidate for the slot, and the committee voted unanimously to appoint him.

The state committee is made up of the NDGOP’s district chairs.

“That makes it a lot easier,” Berg said of running unopposed. “I would recommend that for other candidates.”

“When Kelly stepped down that created the opening,” he continued. “I had a lot of people encourage me.”

“The number one thing now is to make sure we have a well-run, fair, fun convention,” he added.

UPDATE: Here’s the press release from the NDGOP:

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