Rich Wardner named Senate president pro tem

BISMARCK–Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, will serve as the Senate’s president pro tempore during the 2011 North Dakota legislative session.

The job is a leadership position, which involves presiding over the state Senate when Lt. Gov Drew Wrigley is unable.

Wardner said he was honored to receive the post and said “it kind of sends chills up your spine” to be among those to represent the body.

“Integrity. Integrity. Every one of you have served with integrity,” Wardner told senators during his speech. “You have respect for one another, and you have respect for the people that come here.”

He compared belonging to the Senate to belonging to an athletic team, “where everybody works together for the common good.”