The governor: On policies, mustache

Top five policy areas

When asked about his top five moments as governor, Hoeven said he’d put them “in terms of things we’ve worked on to accomplish for the people of North Dakota.”

Below is Hoeven in his own words:

1. The first one is economic development: growing, diversifying the economy, creating more jobs. That’s No. 1.

2. Education. We’ve done just a ton of work in education. Again, all these things are processes. You continue to work to move forward, but we’ve made real progress in education funding and education funding reform. Of course, that ties into property tax relief because the state now funds more of the cost of education, which reduces the burden on the local districts.

3. Broad-based tax relief, both property tax relief and income tax relief.

4. Financial strength. Our state is in a very financially strong position, both for now and for the future.

5. Energy. North Dakota is absolutely an energy leader in the country now, not just in oil and gas but in coal and in renewables like biofuels and certainly wind and other areas.

Mustache

Will Hoeven take his mustache to Washington?

“It will definitely be going with us,” Mikey Hoeven said. “I tried years ago to get him to take it off. If he won’t do it for me, he’s not going to do it for anyone else.”

First cat

Soon after Election Day, the Hoevens realized they needed to decide what to do with first cat Chloe, 4. They debated whether to bring the “very territorial” alley cat with them to Washington or to leave her with one of their children.

“If I had to guess, the cat will end up with us,” John Hoeven said.

John Hoeven quotes

“My main focus is economic development. And it will continue to be. The focus in this state must be the creation of quality opportunities for our people so they can have a good income.” – March 2000

“I do think that the long-term outlook is promising. We can create more, better-paying jobs throughout all of North Dakota. By doing so, we will keep our young people in the state and encourage others to return. And we will pay for the services people need through economic growth, not through tax increases.” – North Dakota State of the State 2001

“Six years ago, our challenge was creating jobs. Then our challenge became creating higher-paying jobs. Today, our challenge is finding people to fill those jobs.” – North Dakota State of the State Address 2007

“At this hour in our nation’s history, we need a plan that will create good jobs and restore a commonsense approach to government. That’s the focus we must continue in North Dakota, and that’s the focus we must have as a nation.” – Declaring his bid for the U.S. Senate, January 2010

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