John Hoeven was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1981. Hoeven served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993, and as president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota from 1993 to 2000.
Hoeven was elected governor in November 2000 and worked to build North Dakota’s future by focusing on six pillars of growth: education, economic development, agriculture, energy, technology, and quality of life. Hoeven was elected to a second and third term in 2004 and 2008. Under his leadership, North Dakota expanded and diversified its economy, adding new jobs and businesses. Hoeven also expanded funding for Centers of Excellence, an initiative combining education and economic development to create higher-paying jobs and business opportunities for North Dakota’s citizens. And he directed the development of a multi-resource energy program for North Dakota, with incentives in each energy sector, as well as a conservation component.
Hoeven previously served as chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Midwestern Governors Association, and the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee, as well as chair of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition.
In 2010, Hoeven won election to the U.S. Senate, filling the seat vacated by Byron Dorgan.