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Bette Grande

Bette Grande is a research fellow for energy and pension issues at The Heartland Institute. Prior to coming to Heartland, she served as a North Dakota state representative from 1996–2014, representing the 41st district.

As a North Dakota lawmaker, she served as chairman of the Employee Benefits Programs Committee and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Education and Environment Division.

Grande has also served as chair of the energy division of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, energy committee member of the Council of State Governments, and member of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Grande spent 12 years studying and reforming the pension system in North Dakota, working to move the state’s use of defined-benefit plans to defined-contribution plans in an effort to remove unfunded liabilities from the state taxpayers. As a result of Grande’s efforts, North Dakota now allows all state employees to opt into a portable defined-contribution plan.

Grande holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of North Dakota. She has been married to her husband Don for 34 years, and they have three adult children and one grandson. Born and raised in Williston, North Dakota, Grande’s family operates a multiple-generation family business in the Williston Basin, which is located in the heart of the Bakken formation.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 6, 2017
By Bette Grande
The below message has been shared with the EEA Task Force co-chairs by the Endangerment Finding Draft Model Policy sponsor. It is being shared with the full EEA Task Force as a courtesy.
December 6, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande, Tom Sheahen, James H. Rust, Greg E. Walcher
“The drive to take U.S. lands out of the hands of the American people has continued at breakneck speed for more than four decades” - Jay Lehr
December 4, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, Robert Genetski, Howard L. Simons, Bette Grande, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Barry P. Keating, Russ McCullough
"Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Senate’s approval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the best gifts taxpayers will find under their tree this year – or even during their lifetimes." - Jesse Hathaway
December 1, 2017
By Bette Grande
A New Heartland Policy Tip Sheet Examining EPA's Endangerment Finding
November 28, 2017
By Bette Grande
This resoluton was discussed at the ALEC meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on December 6, 2017.
November 20, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande, Tom Harris, Patrick Moore, Paul Crovo, James H. Rust, Christopher Essex, Alan Carlin
" Thanks to President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, no longer do fake environmental concerns hold up projects such as these." - Tim Huelskamp
October 9, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Frederick D. Palmer, Peter Ferrara, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Walter Cunningham, Craig Idso, Donn Dears, Tom Harris, Alan Carlin, Christopher Essex, James E. Enstrom, John Coleman
"Scrapping the Clean Power Plan is the first of a series of steps that must be taken to reverse the Obama administration’s energy policies." - Isaac Orr
January 31, 2017
By Bette Grande
Testimony Before the North Dakota House Education Committee On Education Savings Accounts
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