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Sworn in on January 3, 2013, Senator Heidi Heitkamp is serving her first term as a United States Senator from the state of North Dakota. Senator Heitkamp grew up in a large family in the small town of Mantador, ND. Alongside her six brothers and sisters, she learned the value of hard work and responsibility, leading her to choose a life of public service. As a crime-fighting attorney general, she

Sworn in on January 3, 2013, Senator Heidi Heitkamp is serving her first term as a United States Senator from the state of North Dakota. Senator Heitkamp grew up in a large family in the small town of Mantador, ND. Alongside her six brothers and sisters, she learned the value of hard work and responsibility, leading her to choose a life of public service. As a crime-fighting attorney general, she

12/28/2018
Farewell Message from Senator Heitkamp

It's been an incredible 6 years in the U.S. Senate working on behalf of the people of North Dakota and across rural America, whose voices too often aren't heard in Congress. Coming into work every day, fighting for rural America, has been a true privilege and I'm proud to have gotten so much done for North Dakota—like passing two Farm Bills, working to provide resources to address challenges in Indian Country, lifting the 40-year-old ban on exporting oil, passing my bill to crack down on websites like Backpage that knowingly facilitate human trafficking, passing important legislation to combat opioid abuse, fighting to protect the pensions of our workers & retirees, and much more. There's still more to do, and I’m going to keep working to find solutions to keep our communities strong and safe. Thank you, North Dakota, for allowing me to serve you for these last 6 years in the Senate. It has meant the world to me and I’ve worked hard for you every day.

12/21/2018

Some good news: Congress passed my bill to support Native American students so they can get a good education and my bill to help combat human trafficking by making sure doctors, nurses, and health professionals are trained to identify trafficking and report it. Both will soon be signed into law. And the Farm Bill — which looks very similar to the bipartisan Senate bill I helped write, negotiate, and pass — was signed into law today. This is what working and getting results up until the end looks like.

In the last episode of my podcast, The Hotdish, as a U.S. senator the tables were turned and former North Dakota Senator...
12/17/2018
Episode 17: Chat with Former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad by The Hotdish • A podcast on Anchor

In the last episode of my podcast, The Hotdish, as a U.S. senator the tables were turned and former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad interviewed me about my time serving the people of North Dakota in the U.S. Senate for the last six years, my legislative accomplishments and legacy, and the future of bipartisanship in Congress. When I began my career in public service, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of North Dakota leaders who had demonstrated a commitment to getting things done for our state, no matter how tough the task may have seemed— and one of those elected officials was Kent Conrad. Over the years, Senator Conrad has been an invaluable political mentor, confidant, and friend, and I’m honored to have him join me on this episode to talk about the importance of public service and the need to work with those on both sides of the aisle to get results— which is particularly important during these divisive times. This podcast has been an insightful way of diving deeper into issues affecting North Dakotans, and I hope listeners have benefited from my conversations with experts, reporters, and fellow lawmakers on topics ranging from human trafficking to affordable health care. As I discuss with Senator Conrad, they are our future leaders— and I’m determined to continue fighting for issues important to North Dakotans, even after I leave the U.S. Senate.

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Latest episode of The Hotdish

12/12/2018
Senator Heitkamp's Farewell Speech on the U.S. Senate Floor

In case you missed it, I delivered my final speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday during which I highlighted how I’ve been working hard on behalf of North Dakota and rural America in the Senate for the past six years, discussed the work that still needs to happen on many issues, and stressed the importance of bipartisanship and compromise to continue finding solutions to challenges facing many Americans. In 2000 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. My oncologists told me I had a 28% chance of living more than 10 years. So, I knew right away that I had a chance to use what time God gave me for good and noble purposes. To try and do the things that I always thought needed to be done in this country. The greatest gift you have is not your bank account—your greatest gift that you have is the amount of time you have left on this earth and what you do with that time. And I chose to come to the United States Senate. I'm incredibly proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish during my time here, and I’m going to keep working for North Dakota to find solutions to keep our communities strong and safe. Thank you to North Dakota for enabling me to serve you for six years in the U.S. Senate. It has meant the world to me and I’ve worked hard for you every day to return the honor.

Today I was proud to help vote with a bipartisan majority to pass the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill out of the U.S...
12/12/2018

Today I was proud to help vote with a bipartisan majority to pass the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill out of the U.S. Senate. This final bill largely reflects the strongly bipartisan bill I helped craft and pass in the Senate earlier this year— and it rejects many of the partisan provisions found in the House version of the bill. The legislation passed in the Senate today includes major victories I fought to include to strengthen support for North Dakota’s crop and livestock producers, including fixes to ARC-County, expanded Tribal Promise Zones, the elimination of permanent easements, and trade promotion resources for U.S.-Cuba trade. Every day I wake up thinking about rural America, and this Farm Bill would give our rural communities additional opportunities for economic growth. The North Dakota agricultural economy is experiencing a moment of great uncertainty— and one of my top priorities since arriving in the U.S. Senate has been to pass a robust Farm Bill that gives farm and ranch families the peace of mind they need during times like these. Now, it’s critical that the House votes to push this bill across the finish line before the close of this Congress.

12/11/2018

Live now, I'm delivering my final speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate to share how proud I am to have had the opportunity to work hard and get so much done for North Dakota over the past 6 years—like lifting the 40-year-old ban on exporting oil, passing my bill to crack down on websites like Backpage that knowingly facilitate human trafficking, passing important legislation to combat opioid abuse, working to provide resources to address challenges in Indian Country, and much more. Every day, I’ve come to work in the U.S. Senate to fight for North Dakota and rural America, but there’s still a lot more to do, and I’m going to keep working for our state to find solutions to keep our communities strong and safe. Thank you to North Dakota for enabling me to serve you for six years in the Senate. It has meant the world to me and I’ve worked hard for you every day to return the honor.

Had a great conversation with The Bismarck Tribune's Amy Dalrymple about how proud I’ve been to fight for North Dakota a...
12/11/2018
Heitkamp plans to return to North Dakota, continue advocacy work after Senate term

Had a great conversation with The Bismarck Tribune's Amy Dalrymple about how proud I’ve been to fight for North Dakota and rural America in the U.S. Senate. I made it a priority to meet with, listen to, and support North Dakotans every step of the way—and I’ll continue to do that in my next chapter. Read the full interview here.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp isn’t sure what her next chapter will be, but she knows where it will unfold.

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed my bill, Savanna’s Act, that I introduced last year to help address the ep...
12/11/2018
U.S. Senate unanimously approves Savanna's Act

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed my bill, Savanna’s Act, that I introduced last year to help address the epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women. I’m incredibly proud of this important step forward in raising awareness about this growing epidemic. This legislation would help law enforcement agencies better collect and maintain data on those missing and help our criminal justice system take stronger action against those who traffic in exploitation, abuse, and murder. With Savanna’s Act moving one step closer to being signed into law, I hope my colleagues will take up this mantle and continue to fight for legislative action that protects all women and children and promotes safety and healing across Indian Country—and I urge the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately pass Savanna’s Act. Read more in The Bismarck Tribune.

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously approved Savanna’s Act, legislation that aims to gather data on missing and murdered Native American women.

One of my top priorities during my time in the U.S. Senate has been to pass a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that strength...
12/10/2018

One of my top priorities during my time in the U.S. Senate has been to pass a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that strengthens support for North Dakota crop and livestock producers—just as I did when I helped write, negotiate, and pass the 2014 bill. After months of work as one of nine Senators on the Farm Bill Conference Committee, today I signed our bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill conference report. This final language is a major step towards passing the final 2018 Farm Bill, and I’m pushing to get this important piece of legislation across the finish line before the end of this Congress.

Combating domestic violence has been one of my top priorities throughout my time in public service. When I served as Nor...
12/10/2018
How domestic violence leads to murder

Combating domestic violence has been one of my top priorities throughout my time in public service. When I served as North Dakota’s Attorney General in the 1990s, I implemented the original Violence Against Women Act at a state level. This law’s passage told women who were victims of domestic and sexual abuse that they were no longer alone, and let abusers know that we were coming after them. When I came to the U.S. Senate in 2013, the reauthorization of VAWA was the first bill I cosponsored and helped pass. And I made sure it included landmark protections for Native American women. This Washington Post story highlights the urgent work still to do to stop these crimes of domestic violence. Congress must pass another long-term reauthorization of VAWA now to help prevent these horrible crimes and give victims of abuse the resources they need to seek justice.

The Washington Post found that nearly half of the women who were murdered during the past decade were killed by an intimate partner; in five cities, about a third of the male killers were known threats.

BIG NEWS: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed my bill, Savanna’s Act, that I introduced last year to help address the epi...
12/07/2018

BIG NEWS: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed my bill, Savanna’s Act, that I introduced last year to help address the epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women. I’m incredibly proud of this important step forward in raising awareness about this growing epidemic. For far too long, this crisis in our Native American communities has been unnoticed, ignored, and unreported. As we remember the life of Savanna and the unimaginable pain of those eight days of friends and family searching for her, this legislation will help law enforcement agencies better collect and maintain data on those missing and help our criminal justice system take stronger action against those who traffic in exploitation, abuse, and murder. When I first came to the U.S. Senate, one of my top priorities was to build stronger and safer futures for kids across North Dakota’s reservations—and earlier this year, I was proud to watch my AMBER Alert in Indian County Act become law. With Savanna’s Act moving one step closer to being signed into law, I hope my colleagues will take up this mantle and continue to fight for legislative action that protects all women and children and promotes safety and healing across Indian Country—and I urge the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately pass Savanna’s Act.

On Friday, I spoke at the 2018 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce State of Technology Conference to highlight...
12/03/2018

On Friday, I spoke at the 2018 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce State of Technology Conference to highlight tech innovations across North Dakota, where entrepreneurs are working to develop game-changing products, and to share work being done in Washington, D.C. to support further growth and to provide a stable foundation for creative risk-taking. Innovative products and designs and a strong ethic of customer service have set our region apart. A great example of this is Spectrum Aeromed, an air medical and ambulance manufacturing company that has expanded very quickly by understanding and reading the market. I joined U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahan at their facilities in Fargo to learn more about their work providing these critical products and services to clients around the world.

For too long, the disproportionate incidents of violence against Native American women has gone unnoticed, unreported, o...
11/29/2018
Heitkamp advocates for public safety in Indian Country as Savanna's Act advances

For too long, the disproportionate incidents of violence against Native American women has gone unnoticed, unreported, or underreported and it is long past time to address this issue head on. That’s why I introduced Savanna’s Act last year—a bill that aims to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women. Two weeks ago, a U.S. Senate committee voted to advance my bill forward. I’m proud of this progress toward addressing this crisis by improving coordination with law enforcement and requiring federal data collection and encourage Congress to pass this important bill now. Now the full Senate needs to pass it. Savanna’s Act would help bring perpetrators to justice and give a voice to the families who struggle with the unanswered questions. Read more in The Bismarck Tribune.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp urged her colleagues to keep working to improve public safety in Indian Country as her legislation to address cases of missing and murdered Native American women took

One year ago today, I launched #NotInvisible to bring attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered Native American ...
11/29/2018
#NotInvisible Campaign Sheds Light On Violence Against Native American Women

One year ago today, I launched #NotInvisible to bring attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women, where 84% of Native American women experience some kind of violence in their lifetime. Folks in Indian Country across our nation know all too well about this crisis as so many of them are directly impacted by it every day. But outside those communities and reservations, the issue lacks the awareness it deserves. Only once we raise awareness about this epidemic can we then help implement solutions—like my bill, Savanna’s Act—to help stop these tragedies from occurring. I introduced Savanna’s Act—in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically murdered in Fargo last year—to make sure law enforcement at every level has the information and resources they need to protect Native women and girls from violence, abduction, and human trafficking. In an important step forward, a U.S. Senate committee voted to pass Savanna’s Act earlier this month, a sign that this issue is closer to gaining the attention it deserves. Now the full Senate must quickly pass it. I’ll continue to stand with these women and fight for them long after I leave the U.S. Senate to make sure they are #NotInvisible.

Across the country, 84 percent of Native American women experience some kind of violence in their lifetime.A social media campaign, hash tag "Not Invisible," is shedding light on the challenges Native American women still face.It's not just about the picture or the  words on a page.Not Invisible is...

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to greet shoppers in Bismarck-Mandan and to raise money to benefit the Bismarck-Mandan ...
11/20/2018

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to greet shoppers in Bismarck-Mandan and to raise money to benefit the Bismarck-Mandan Salvation Army. For many of us, the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing is yet another sign that the holiday season has begun. And during this time of the year when we count our blessings and gather with cherished family and friends, I hope you’ll find time to remember those who are hungry, without shelter, or may just need a little extra help. Our state is a stronger place when we look after our neighbors, and we can all do our part to make this season brighter for all North Dakotans.

For too long, the disproportionate incidents of violence against Native American women has gone unnoticed, unreported, o...
11/16/2018
Heitkamp advocates for public safety in Indian Country as Savanna's Act advances

For too long, the disproportionate incidents of violence against Native American women has gone unnoticed, unreported, or underreported and it is long past time to address this issue head on. That’s why I introduced Savanna’s Act last year—a bill that aims to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women. This week, a U.S. Senate committee voted to advance my bill forward. I’m proud of this progress toward addressing this crisis by improving coordination with law enforcement and requiring federal data collection and encourage Congress to pass this important bill now. Savanna’s Act would help bring perpetrators to justice and give a voice to the families who struggle with the unanswered questions. Read more in The Bismarck Tribune.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp urged her colleagues to keep working to improve public safety in Indian Country as her legislation to address cases of missing and murdered Native American women took

North Dakota’s rural landscape presents a distinct challenge to providing health care, and health providers rise to the ...
11/16/2018

North Dakota’s rural landscape presents a distinct challenge to providing health care, and health providers rise to the challenge by providing high quality, low cost care. Often times, a local hospital or clinic drives the backbone of the economy of many of the state’s small communities. On National Rural Health Day, I want to thank the health care professionals in North Dakota and across rural America who continue to provide top-notch care for rural patients. I have long been an advocate to improve rural health care and address the challenges that rural areas face, including higher uninsured rates, workforce shortages, and transportation issues—and I’ll keep fighting to for rural America after I leave the U.S. Senate.

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