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Pollert won't seek re-election to his ND House seat

Dave Thompson, Prairie Public
House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington) at a Bismarck news conference, announcing his retirement

North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington) not seek re-election to his Legislative seat.

That means the North Dakota House Republican Caucus will be looking for a new leader.

Pollert told Bismarck reporters he has been in the North Dakota legislature for 24 years – the last 4 as Majority Leader. And he said it is time to retire.
Pollert is 66.

Pollert said one thing he tried to accomplish as leader was building relationships with fellow Legislators.

"There's relationships you have to build," Pollert said. "You just can't come in here thinking provincial."

Pollert said he always felt he was working for the citizens of North Dakota, and not only District 29.

As fo any advice for his successor?

"You have to have an open door, so people can come in and talk to you anytime they need to," Pollert said. "And if you're walking down a hallway, they can interrupt and talk."

Pollert said he's a "big teamwork" kind of guy.

"In this job, you have to make decisions solely," Pollert said. "But you have to have people who you trust backing you up. That's vitally important."

Pollert said his wife is retiring – and they plan to some traveling.

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