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Doug Burgum Governor of North Dakota

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Doug Burgum is currently the Governor of North Dakota and is running for President of the United States in 2024. He is a member of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. We assign Doug Burgum a Right Biased and high factual rating due to a clean fact-check record.

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Doug Burgum

State: North Dakota
Title: Governor (12/15/2016 – Current) – Republican Presidential Candidate
Political Party: Republican
Political Alignment: Conservative
Factual Rating: High


  • North Dakota State University (B.S., 1978)
  • Stanford University (MBA, 1980)
  • McKinsey & Company, Consultant (1980 – 1983)
  • Co-founder and CEO of Great Plains Software (1983)
  • Senior Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions (2001 – 2007)
  • Governor of North Dakota (2016 – current)
  • Running for President in 2024 as a Republican (2023 – current)

Stance on Key Policies:

  • Abortion Rights: Unfavorable – Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed a strict anti-abortion law, banning the procedure throughout pregnancy with limited exceptions. Abortions are only allowed in cases of rape or incest or medical emergencies during the early weeks. The law does not permit abortions for rape and incest victims after six weeks. Governor Burgum described the law as clarifying and reaffirming North Dakota as a pro-life state.
  • Economy: Free Market Capitalism –  Governor Doug Burgum called for tax relief, infrastructure investment, and economic growth in his 2023 State of the State Address.
  • Climate Change: Limited Action – Governor Doug Burgum praised the oil and gas industry for its economic impact on North Dakota and criticized efforts to shift away from fossil fuels to address climate change concerns. He highlighted the industry’s significant contributions to the state’s economy, job creation, and tax revenue.
  • Education: Choice-Charter-Private Schools – He advocates for charter and private school voucher programs.
  • Foreign Policy: Strong Defense – Doug Burgum wants to “rebuild the military” so we can “win the cold war with China.”
  • LGBTQ Rights: Mixed Record – On one hand, Governor Doug Burgum criticized an anti-LGBTQ resolution passed by Republican legislators, calling it homophobic and divisive. However, he also faced criticism from the Human Rights Campaign for signing HB 1473, a bill that prohibits transgender individuals from using restrooms and facilities based on their gender identity.
  • Gun Ownership: Limited Gun Control Measures – Governor Burgum has supported gun rights and has signed legislation expanding gun rights, such as allowing people to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
  • Immigration: Limited Immigration – Governor Burgum opposes illegal immigration but supports legal migration to North Dakota due to a labor shortage.
  • Health Care: Market-Based Health Care – Gov. Burgum supports Medicaid expansion.
  • Overall: Conservative – Gov. Burgum’s positions align with conservative ideology, particularly on abortion, limited government intervention, and support for free market principles.

View Doug Burgum’s voting record.

Recent Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

(M. Huitsing 07/22/2023)

Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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