Rick Holman, one of two State Representatives for District 20, has announced that he will be seeking re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in the 2016 election. Rick was first elected in 2008, re-elected in 2012, and has served in four Legislative sessions.
Following his re-election in 2012 Rick was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee and Human Resources Sub-Committee. This Sub-Committee reviews the budgets for several agencies; Human Services, Health, Corrections, Veterans Affairs, Veterans Home, Tobacco Control, Indian Affairs, Council for the Arts and more. The full Appropriations Committee reviews all fiscal items coming before the legislature. During the 2015-2016 Interim he is serving on the Higher Education, K-12 Education, Judiciary and Budget Committees.
Rick’s life background in education and agriculture and more recently with human service legislation has helped him be prepared for the variety of issues faced by the legislature. He feels strongly about the uniqueness of rural issues, working to give a voice to, not just the district which he represents, but also for others who live and work in a rural setting. Rick works hard and draws on his background and experience to support sensible legislation to represent all citizens of our state with a clear voice of reason and common sense.
Following the 2015 legislative Rick was recognized for his outstanding service by several groups, including the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders. He also sponsored successful legislation to provide financial support for disabled adults in the Fargo and Grand Forks region. The Red River Human Services Activity Center in Fargo and the LISTEN Center in Grand Forksprovide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities for personal growth, social interaction and recreation
Outside of his legislative responsibilities, Rick serves on the board of directors for the Red River Human Services Foundation, the Eastern North Dakota Area Health Education Consortium and the MSU/LRSC/UND Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. Rick is a member of North Dakota United, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Goose River Masonic Lodge and Hillsboro Kiwanis. In the past he has served on the governing board of his church, the Portland Farmers Union Co-op and the Traill County Economic Development Commission. He and his wife Marilyn are active members of Gran Lutheran Church of rural Mayville.
Rick is a lifelong resident of the area. Before his time as a legislator, he was a math teacher, a school principal, a farmer, and a college professor (in that order). He retired with honors from Mayville State in 2007. Rick and Marilyn, have three grown children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They live on a farmstead two miles east of Mayville balancing their time between family, friends and legislative responsibilities.