Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2012 – 2018
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Face The Nation: Kelly Armstrong, Turley, Wehle, Reid
KVRR, – July 19, 2021 (Short)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota Republican Congressman Kelly Armstrong has been picked to serve on the new select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
He was picked along with four others by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
An official announcement is expected soon.
Associated Press says McCarthy selected Indiana congressman Jim Banks to be the top Republican on the panel.
McCarthy also tapped Ohio’s Jim Jordan, Illinois’ Rodney Davis, and Texas’ Troy Nehls.
McCarthy’s picks were confirmed by a Republican familiar with the decision and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.
Pelosi must still approve the names.
Source: Government page
Congressman Kelly Armstrong is a lifelong, devoted North Dakotan and a tireless advocate for making North Dakota a better place to live and work. With his background in business, his love for the outdoors and his volunteer and public service experience, Kelly is fighting for our North Dakota values in Washington and working to advance positive changes to benefit our state and country.
Kelly’s childhood in Dickinson, North Dakota, inspired in him a passion for the outdoors. In the summers, he could be found on Lake Sakakawea and during the fall he was bow hunting in the badlands.
After graduating from Dickinson High School in 1995, Kelly attended the University of North Dakota but continued to grow his roots in Dickinson, returning home in the summers to coach the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree from UND in 2001 and a law degree from UND law school in 2003.
It was at UND law school where Kelly met the love of his life, Kjersti. She was part of a law school exchange program with her university in Norway. They married in 2004 and spent the early years of their marriage in Grand Forks, where Kelly began his law career while Kjersti finished her degree.
Kelly and Kjersti later moved back home to Dickinson, and Kelly opened a second office of the law firm. While practicing law, Kelly became known as someone who worked tirelessly for his clients and gained the respect of his counterparts, the judiciary and law enforcement.
Back home in Dickinson, Kelly and Kjersti started their family. Anna was born in 2007 and Eli in 2010.
In 2011, Kelly joined his family’s business, Armstrong Corporation, where he served as vice president. Founded in 1975, this small family business expanded over time to include oil and gas exploration, agricultural operations and investments in local businesses and striving entrepreneurs. The Armstrong family’s commitment to their community was officially recognized with the Roughrider Award (not the big one… there isn’t a painting of the Armstrongs hanging in the North Dakota Capitol) in 2013 for their initiative to employ and provide opportunities for veterans returning from deployment overseas.
Commitment to Community
Kelly’s commitment to family and community is evident in everything he does. A recipient of the North Dakota Bar Association’s Community Service Award, Kelly served as a volunteer fireman for the Dickinson Fire Department from 2005 through 2012, coached girls’ softball and boys’ baseball and is active in charitable works for many local organizations, including his local hospital, university, police association, volunteer fire department, best friends mentoring program, domestic violence rape crisis center, and the Teddy Roosevelt Bully Pulpit Board. He also served as President of the Dickinson Baseball club for ten years and was elected to the North Dakota Dickinson Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Kelly grew his service to the community in 2012, when he was elected to the North Dakota State Senate for District 36. Chairing multiple committees during his service, Kelly spearheaded DUI reform legislation, a $2 billion statewide infrastructure investment and solving the lakebed mineral crisis.
Kelly was elected Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party in 2015 after seeing firsthand the need for decisive and effective leadership of the party. Kelly led the state party in 2016 to landslide victories for President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota legislative majorities.
Washington needs our North Dakota values now more than ever, and no one embodies them more than Kelly. The real changes in Washington are just beginning, and Kelly’s commitment, energy and drive will keep pushing those positive changes forward.
North Dakota’s agricultural and energy industries provide the country and the world with food, oil, gas and electricity. In Congress, Kelly works to protect the livelihood of farmers and ranchers, unleash North Dakota’s full energy potential and ensure North Dakota has a strong voice.
Kelly serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 117th Congress. Kelly was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing the entire state of North Dakota in 2018.
Congressman Armstrong is a member of several bipartisan congressional caucuses, which are voluntary groups created by House members to pursue common legislative objectives. Caucuses often promote and educate other House members about the particular topic on which the caucus was formed. To view a full list of congressional caucuses, please visit the House Administration Committee’s website here.
Friends of Norway Caucus – Co-Chair
The bipartisan Friends of Norway Caucus works to strengthen the relationship and open dialogue between the United States and Norway on a variety of issues that have both bilateral and global impacts. More than 30 percent of North Dakotans, nearly 200,000 people, have Norwegian ancestry, more than any other state per capita. Only California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are home to more Norwegian Americans than North Dakota. Congressman Armstrong is a co-chair of this caucus.
Fire Services Caucus
As a volunteer firefighter from 2005 to 2012, Congressman Armstrong knows the sacrifice and hard work it takes to be a firefighter. That’s why he has joined the Fire Services Caucus. Established in 1987, the Fire Services Caucus was created to educate members of Congress about fire and life safety issues. Since then, it remains a bipartisan coalition where Republicans and Democrats work together in recognizing the valor and dedication of the American fire service. The caucus is about respect and admiration for our nation’s first responders. It provides a forum for members of Congress to learn more about the fire service and the issues and challenges facing our one million firefighters and emergency services personnel.
Firefighters have a proud tradition of protecting communities across our nation. They are the first to respond when disasters strike. In many instances, they are the pillars of our communities. In addition to their official duties, they are involved in community activities including local blood drives, Fourth of July celebrations, civic events and charitable campaigns.
Air Force Caucus
The bipartisan Air Force Caucus highlights the critical importance of the United States Air Force in keeping Americans safe at home and abroad. Air Force Caucus members hold meetings, briefings, and other events detailing the successes of the Air Force enterprise and the challenges our country’s airmen face while operating in the complex warfighting domains of air, space and cyberspace.
The bipartisan Coal Caucus is dedicated to discussing issues related to the coal industry and educating other members on the subject. The Caucus holds both member and staff meetings with administration officials, industry experts, and others to update members on the status of the coal industry and to discuss the policies affecting it. The caucus also discusses the future of coal, both in the United States and globally, and the various innovative technologies that will decrease the industry’s environmental impact.
Rural Broadband Caucus
The Rural Broadband Caucus educates its bipartisan roster of members and staff on issues relevant to broadband deployment and access. According to the 2018 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Report, 24 million Americans lack access to advanced fixed broadband, and nearly one-third of rural Americans lack access to mobile broadband. Rural communities must have adequate broadband infrastructure to attract and retain businesses and human resources, close the homework gap for students and teachers, open innovative and convenient pathways to telemedicine for seniors and providers, and help farmers increase efficiencies in their barns and on their land.
Northern Border Caucus
The Northern Border Caucus is for members who represent districts (or states) that are on or near the U.S.-Canadian border. The bipartisan caucus focuses on policy concerns affecting the economic, cultural, and political partnership between the two countries.
National Guard and Reserve Caucus
The National Guard and Reserve Caucus pursues legislative and policy initiatives that ensure the National Guard and Reserve components have strong representation on policy, procurement, force structure and utilization within the Department of Defense. The caucus is also committed to improving employment and education opportunities for National Guard and Reserve personnel returning from overseas deployments.
Caucus on Youth Sports
The Caucus on Youth Sports is a bipartisan group that aims to bring fun, recreation, and character development back to the forefront of youth sports; combat childhood obesity and promote fitness, nutrition and overall healthy lifestyles among our nation’s youth; and support and strengthen the efforts of national and local organizations working tirelessly to improve the state of youth sports in our country for the 44 million American children who participate.
The Sportsmen’s Caucus works to protect the interests of America’s sportsmen and women and advance sound wildlife management policy. Prompted by the increasing frequency and alarming success of attacks on hunting, fishing, and the shooting sports, the caucus was founded in 1989 to protect the interests of America’s sportsmen and women. Today, the caucus is one of the largest caucuses in Congress with nearly 300 members and nearly all 50 states represented in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus
The Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus creates a venue for elected officials like myself to better understand the important role that cooperatives play in the development of our national and international economy. The bipartisan caucus facilitates briefings to promote greater awareness and understanding of cooperative business issues. The caucus is also a forum for Members of Congress to share best practices and work to improve the effectiveness of policy to benefit and promote the cooperative business model nationally and internationally.
Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus
The Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus is dedicated to educating Members of Congress and their staff about the importance of the federal crop insurance program administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). The caucus works with stakeholders to organize educational briefings in order to help Members and staff better understand the program and remain apprised of current crop insurance issues.
Congressional Western Caucus
The Congressional Western Caucus is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 Members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western, and resource-based communities.
Congressional General Aviation Caucus
One of the largest, most active caucuses in Congress is dedicated to general aviation. The purpose of the caucus is to inform Members of Congress and their staffs about the importance of general aviation to our economy and transportation system. The General Aviation Caucus is open to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate regardless of party affiliation and committee assignments.
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Kelly Michael Armstrong (born October 8, 1976) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota’s at-large congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the North Dakota State Senator from the 36th district from 2012 to 2018 and chair of the North Dakota Republican Party from 2015 until 2018.
Early life and education
Armstrong graduated from Dickinson High School in 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2001 and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2003, after spending his first year of law school at the College of William & Mary. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Armstrong served as the North Dakota State Senator from the 36th district from 2013 to 2018. He served as chair of the North Dakota Republican Party from 2015 to 2018. The American Conservative Union gave him a rating of 71% in 2017.
U.S. House of Representatives
In February 2018, Armstrong announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives. He was endorsed by the North Dakota Republican Party at its state party convention in April 2018. Armstrong won the November 6 election with 60.2% of the vote. He resigned his seat in the North Dakota Legislature on November 7 and took office in Congress in January 2019, replacing Kevin Cramer, who was elected to the United States Senate.
Armstrong ran for reelection and won on November 3, with 68.96% of the vote.
Armstrong was one of seven Republicans who did not support their colleagues’ efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021. These seven signed a letter that, while giving credence to election fraud allegations made by President Donald Trump, said Congress did not have the authority to influence the election’s outcome.
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Oversight and Reform
- Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
- Select Committee on the January 6 Attack
- Friends of Norway Caucus (co-chair)
- Fire Services Caucus
- Air Force Caucus
- Coal Caucus
- Rural Broadband Caucus
- Northern Border Caucus
- National Guard and Reserve Caucus
- Caucus on Youth Sports
- Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
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Source: Government page
House Energy and Commerce Committee
The Energy and Commerce Committee has wide jurisdiction over critical issues including healthcare, telecommunications, technology, consumer safety, environment, food and drug safety, energy, and interstate and foreign commerce. Established in 1795, the committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Armstrong currently serves on two subcommittees of the Energy and Commerce Committee:
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce
To visit the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website, please click here.