MINOT, N.D. — Sen. Donna Henderson, a Republican from Calvin, North Dakota, is currently serving in the first legislative session of her first term in North Dakota’s Senate. She was one of a wave of very populist, very Trump-aligned lawmakers to find electoral success last year in the North Dakota Republican Party’s heated primaries which pitted candidates like Henderson against more mainstream conservatives.
Henderson’s bombastic approach to politics has drawn attention to her work in Bismarck in the opening weeks of the session. Now scrutiny of her personal life indicates disturbing ties to an organization called the Church of Israel, which promotes white supremacy and antisemitism and has ties to some of America’s most notorious and violent bigots.
Henderson lists in her legislative biography having six children with her husband Paul Henderson, a long-time activist in state politics who has, in the past, served in local and regional leadership positions in the NDGOP.
According to social media posts and publicly available records, three of her sons have married women from Schell City, Missouri, a tiny town with a population of about 250 which is home to the Church of Israel.