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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is hoping to see his department pick up a few more responsibilities if bills in the North Dakota Legislature pass. Photo taken Oct. 12, 2018. Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service

Legislature gives North Dakota agriculture commissioner extra pay boost

BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers voted to give Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring a higher pay bump than average state workers Friday, April 26

The Legislature voted to give Goehring a 7.5% raise in the first year of the 2019-21 budget cycle, followed by a 2.5% boost. State workers are getting raises of 2% and 2.5% in the upcoming biennium.

Goehring, a Republican, currently receives an annual salary of $108,656. He previously said that he heard that the pay for his position was kept down partly for "political" reasons before he came into office in 2009. He said his department's workload has grown over the years.

"I think I've served the people well," Goehring said earlier this month. "I'd just like a little appreciation."

The Republican-controlled Legislature has already approved a similar raise for state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, a Republican.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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