Rep. Kathy Hawken, R-Fargo, has notified fellow legislators that she’s interested in serving as speaker of the House this coming legislative session. Here is the letter she sent out:
"The 2011 Legislative Session promises to be one of the most crucial in our State’s history. As usual the budget and other important issues will be on our legislative plate. It will be important that our daily sessions run smoothly and provide a welcoming atmosphere for all who visit our chamber.
I have been encouraged by several colleagues to seek the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives. I have enjoyed the work of the Appropriations Committee, but I believe I could serve the House and our members as Speaker. I know the routine and the rules and will work closely with our Majority Leader and our caucus members.
My elected service to District 46 and the State of North Dakota began in 1997. The 2011 session will be my last and it would truly be a privilege to end my career as Speaker.
I look forward to consulting with each member of our caucus as we move closer to organizing the 62nd Legislative Session. Your thoughts and concerns will be very important to me and I will take each one seriously.
I have been humbled by the support I have received thus far and would truly appreciate your consideration for this special role in our Legislature.
Thank you for your service to North Dakota."