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American politician - former U.S. Representative for North Dakota's At-large congressional district (2011-2013), member of the Republican Party.
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ENG:Richard Alan "Rick" Berg (born August 16, 1959) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's At-large congressional district from 2011 to 2013. Berg served on the House Ways and Means Committee. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before his election to Congress in 2010, he served in the state House of Representatives, with stints as Majority Leader and Speaker. On May 16, 2011, Berg announced his run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Kent Conrad but lost narrowly to Heidi Heitkamp on November 6, 2012. Early life, education, and business career Berg was born in Maddock and raised on a farm in Hettinger. His father was a large animal veterinarian and his mother was a writer. His grandfather immigrated to ...
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Berg talks energy policies at Cass County Elect. Cooperative

Congressman Rick Berg is coming to the aid of small businesses, schools, farms and electric co-ops. Berg introduced the Generator Regulatory Relief Act at Cass County Electric Cooperative this afternoon. The EPA is enforcing stricter pollution policies starting in 2013. Those policies would force organizations to buy federally regulated equipment. The Relief Act would exempt current generators used for emergency use or high demand from expensive retrofits. ... Source: berg.house.gov

Berg Says He Doesn’t Trust EPA

“I believe these things should be regulated at the local level,” said Rep. Rick Berg of fears that the EPA will ban or inhibit hydraulic fracturing, a key technique used in oil and gas production in western in North Dakota. “As its shifted more to the federal level…I just think we have a lot of problems.” Asked if he trusted the EPA’s assurances that they aren’t pursing a ban on fracking, Berg said “obviously not.” “I’ve asked for [assurances from the EPA] in writing,” he said in an interview today. “We’ll ...

Berg gets big money from energy companies

Rep. Rick Berg is relying heavily on the booming energy industry to finance his campaign for the U.S. Senate, reports filed with the Secretary of the Senate show. A review of contributions to Berg’s campaign shows companies and executives in the oil, gas and coal-mining industry have contributed nearly $135,000 to Berg’s coffers. That makes those industries Berg’s largest benefactors, at precisely the moment the industry is expanding rapidly across the state. Combined, that’s a significant portion of the $1.2 million Berg’s campaign reported raising through ...

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A recount could put spotlight on North Dakota’s unique voting rules | INFORUM
A tight U.S. Senate race in North Dakota between Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp has some people talking about a possible recount. There is also talk a recount would create nightmares based on North Dakota’s election rules and the fact it is the only state without voter registration. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger finds this kind of talk irritating. “We’ve done recounts in the past. We know how to do them. If we have a recount, we are prepared,” said Jaeger, who expects strong scrutiny from political parties and their attorneys if a recount is necessary. And he knows what he will tell them: Look, here’s the law, here’s what we’re going to do and this is the plan we’re going to follow.
Berg not conceding North Dakota Senate race | The Hill
Republican Rep. Rick Berg said he will not concede the North Dakota Senate race to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp until the state completes its recount process, which would be next Tuesday. “This is a very close election, which is why North Dakota has a process in place to properly count each ballot and officially certify the result. This canvassing process will certify the election and provide an official result. The Berg for Senate campaign will await the results of the canvassing process before making any other announcements regarding the status of the election," said Berg spokesman Chris Van Guilder in a release issued late Tuesday night.
Recount likely in North Dakota Senate race | The Hill
With all precincts reporting, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is leading Republican Rep. Rick Berg by only 3,000 votes in the North Dakota Senate race. Heitkamp has 160,752 votes in the initial count, while Berg has 157,758.  The close margin between the candidates allows for a recount, and Berg has already vowed not to concede the race until one is completed.
Berg concedes Senate race, averting recount | The Dickinson Press
After a long night of watching agonizingly close results roll in, U.S. Rep Rick Berg conceded North Dakota’s tightly contested U.S. Senate race to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp Wednesday afternoon. The decision headed off a potential recount that could have cost tens of thousands of dollars and dragged the contentious campaign out for another month.Speaking before the monthly luncheon gathering of the United Republican Committee of Cass County at Fargo’s Holiday Inn, Berg total a crowd of emotional supporters the margin of about 3,000 votes between him and Heitkamp was likely to hold up.

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