Bismarck, North Dakota , United States
|| February 05, 1953
Jun 15, 2016 03:27am
|Info||Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was born in Mohall, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota and received his law degree from the UND School of Law in 1977. He is married to Beth Bakke Stenehjem and has a son, Andrew. |
From his admission to the Bar in 1977 until taking office, Stenehjem was continuously engaged in the private practice of law in Grand Forks, North Dakota, representing clients in a broad range of legal matters. Over the years, he has served on various ad hoc groups to promote issues of concern to the community and the state.
Stenehjem was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1976, serving for two terms until his election to the ND Senate in 1980. He served continuously in the Senate until his election to the Office of Attorney General. Stenehjem served on the Judiciary Committee throughout his tenure in the Legislature, and was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-2000. He was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate for the 1999 Legislative Session.
Attorney General Stenehjem was sworn in on January 9, 2001. Since taking office he has made drug enforcement a priority, developing a drug enforcement initiative that combines and coordinates law enforcement, health and human service agencies as well as addiction counseling, youth education, and legislative changes for offenders. In particular, the comprehensive state-wide plan addresses the rapidly growing problem of methamphetamine manufacturing and trafficking in the state. In February 2002, Stenehjem, in conjunction with the Governor, formed the North Dakota Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The commission will coordinate the state�s prevention, education and law-enforcement efforts to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in North Dakota.
As a legislator, Stenehjem was actively involved in legislation to strengthen criminal penalties for sex offenders, and to protect the rights of their victims. Since taking office, he has continued his commitment to protect the public. In November 2001, he unveiled the new Sex Offender website, www.ndsexoffender.com. This site gives the public access to information about the most dangerous sex offenders in the state, including their last known addresses and brief descriptions of the offenses.
Attorney General Stenehjem is a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of University and School Lands, Industrial Commission (which oversees all state-owned industries), Drug and Alcohol Commission, Judicial Council and Pardon Advisory Board. He is the recipient of �Champion of the People�s Right to Know� award; SBAND Legislative Service Award; Council on Abused Women�s Services award; �Friend of Psychology� award; and was named one of Ten Outstanding Legislators in the US by the Association of Government Employees.