Sen. Ray Holmberg resigns from powerful committee, hires criminal defense attorney

MINOT, N.D. — State Sen. Ray Holmberg is stepping down as chairman of Legislative Management, a powerful committee that oversees the North Dakota Legislature’s interim work.

“Recent events and discussions have made it clear to me that the interim governing body of the legislature, Legislative Management, does not need to be any part of that discussion,” Holmberg wrote in an emailed statement Wednesday, April 20. “Consequently, I will be stepping down as chairman of Legislative Management, effective immediately. This will allow Vice-chairman Chet Pollert to complete my term.”

He added that “No further comments on this announcement will be forthcoming.”

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