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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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June 19, 2019
By James Taylor, Tim Benson, H. Sterling Burnett, Anthony Watts, Eric Eisenhammer, Isaac Orr, Bette Grande, Paul Driessen, Tom Harris
“This new EPA rule demonstrates that draconian government impediments are not necessary for sound environmental stewardship.” - James Taylor
May 3, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Bette Grande, H. Sterling Burnett
“Just as the United States has become the largest crude oil producer in the world, this legislation would increase dependence on foreign oil.” - Tim Huelskamp
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April 12, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande
The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed David Bernhardt as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior by a vote of 56-41. All Republicans voted for Bernhardt, as did three Democrats and one independent.
April 10, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor, Anthony Watts, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Bette Grande
For years, far-left politicians have abused their authority and deprived America of much-needed energy infrastructure.”
January 24, 2019
By Bette Grande
Bette Grande testified before a North Dakota committee on the issue of pension reform.
January 21, 2019
By Bette Grande
Bette Grande testified in front of a North Dakota House committee about a bill that would potentially establish a school choice program in the state.
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January 21, 2019
By Bette Grande
Bette Grande testified before a North Dakota committee regarding a bill to allow for the practice of dental therapy.
January 18, 2019
By Bette Grande
Bette Grande testified before a North Dakota committee about penalizing people who damage a critical infrastructure facility.

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