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Jessica grew up in the legislative district she now represents on a ranch north of Dodge, ND, helping build an operation that now manages over 500 cattle.

Following graduation from Golden Valley High School, Jessica attended North Dakota State University and received a B.S. in both Natural Resources Management and Economics in 2006. 

This work ethic and knowledge base led her to a career in the mining industry, focusing on land management and environmental stewardship while also helping her develop an understanding of the need for good government.

Jessica has served as the North Dakota State Senator for District 33 since 2012 representing a three county area in the west central part of the state, including Mercer, Oliver and part of Morton County.  She is currently chairman of the Finance and Taxation Committee and senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  She has previously served on the Industry, Business and Labor Committee, numerous interim committees and was chosen by her colleagues as a member of the Legislative Management in 2015.  She is also an executive member of the Energy Council, a group of state legislators who shape energy policy across the nation and an executive member of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. 

Focusing on sound public policy, Jessica also works to responsibly expand behavioral health services for our vulnerable populations, in both our rural and urban areas.

A citizen legislator, Jessica works as the Environmental Manager of North Dakota Operations for The North American Coal Corporation out of the Bismarck office.  She's been involved with coal mining in North Dakota since 2004, serving in the environmental department in many capacities at different mining operations, presently overseeing the environmental activities at three mining locations in North Dakota. 

She serves on the Beulah Wellness Center Foundation Board of Directors and previously served as a supervisor on the Mercer County Soil Conservation District Board and the president of the local pre-school. 

Jessica resides in Beulah, ND with her husband, Michael, and two daughters, Ella and Eva.