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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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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.
November 7, 2018
By James Taylor, Peter Ferrara, H. Sterling Burnett, Bette Grande, Neal Schuerer, David L. Applegate, Arthur Viterito, Robert Bradley, Lance Izumi, Robert Maranto, Stephen B. Presser, Jameson Campaigne, Clifford Thies, Michael Warder, Mary Byrne , Jane M. Orient, M.D., Jonathan D. Haubert, Jarrett Skorup, Scott Cleland, Alieta Eck, M.D., William L. Anderson, Ann Bridges, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Michael J. Koriwchak , Devon Herrick, Bartlett Cleland, Greg R. Lawson, Peter Wood , Joe Cobb, Allen Mendenhall, Christopher Garbacz
“Liberal San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer had a very tough night last night.” - James Taylor
August 22, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., James Taylor, Jay Lehr, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Peter Ferrara, Bette Grande, Steve Goreham, Craig Idso, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, James H. Rust
“For Americans looking to see the definitive end of Obama’s war on fossil fuels, this is an important victory” – with hopefully more ahead. - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
April 24, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Joseph Bast, Jay Lehr, S. Stanley Young, H. Sterling Burnett, Frederick D. Palmer, Bette Grande, Steven Milloy
'One small step for regulatory reform, one giant leap for scientific integrity and political transparency' - H. Sterling Burnett
April 4, 2018
By H. Sterling Burnett, Frederick D. Palmer, Bette Grande, Mischa Popoff
“It is time to end CAFE standards entirely.” - H. Sterling Burnett

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