FARGO – A state lawmaker from Fargo who made national news after sending an explicit photo of himself on a gay dating app will seek a fifth term in the North Dakota House.
Republican Rep. Randy Boehning, a self-employed subcontractor, says he’s proud of his legislative accomplishments so far, but there’s more to do, including the need to focus more on skilled trades and fight the ongoing opioid epidemic.
“That is why I’m running once again,” he said in a written statement issued Monday, March 19. “I will continue to be a strong voice for the residents in my district.”
Boehning, who represents District 27, was first elected to the House in 2002. He serves on the Legislature’s interim Administrative Rules, Budget Section, Employee Benefits Program and Information Technology committees. He’s also the vice-chair of the Government Operations division of the House Appropriations Committee.
He made national headlines in spring 2015 after a Bismarck man revealed Boehning sent an unsolicited explicit photo of himself on a gay dating app called Grindr. That revelation, which Boehning later confirmed, came shortly after Boehning voted against a bill that would have banned housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
He declined to comment about it on Monday, saying he did his commenting in 2015.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked if he believed the incident could be an issue this election cycle. “I guess we’ll find out.”
District 27, which includes south Fargo, Horace, Frontier, Briarwood and Stanley, had an all-Republican delegation during the 2017 session with Boening, Rep. Thomas Beadle and Sen. Jonathan Casper.
Beadle will seek the Republican endorsement for the district’s Senate seat, which Casper has said he won’t run for again. In addition to Boehning, Kristin Roers and James Kapitan also will seek the Republican endorsement for the House.
District 27 Republicans will hold an endorsing meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, to endorse legislative candidates.
Last month, a Cass County Democratic-NPL convention endorsed Quinn Garrick for the Senate and Ruth Buffalo and Jon Kitzman for the House from District 27.