DICKINSON, N.D. — Dori Hauck has been selected by the District 36 Republicans District Committee to replace former state Rep. Luke Simons after he was expelled from the House earlier this month.
The committee announced Hauck's selection on Friday, March 12.
Hauck, along with her husband, Doug, own and operate a ranch in rural Richardton, N.D. She was elected secretary and treasurer for the District 36 Republicans in 2012, and continues to hold that position.
Simons told Forum News Service Thursday morning, March 11, that he will not be pursuing further legal action to regain his seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives, but did not rule out the potential future run for public office.
Simons is the first legislator in state history to be expelled. He was facing mounting pressure due to allegations of sexual harassment from female legislators, legislative employees and legal council members. With the presence of his attorney, Lynn Boughey, of Mandan, Simons stressed that the effects of the sexual harassment allegations has taken a toll on his family and the legal costs are too costly to move forward.
Though Simons was expelled from the House, he was not impeached and, therefore, could still potentially run for office in the future, he said.
“He who speaks his mind should ride a fast horse and always keep one foot in the stirrup. That’s really the truth of it, ” Simons said. “Every one of these people that made these allegations, I thought we were friends and it turns out political enemies are political enemies.”
His replacement, Hauck, will represent District 36 with a "conservative approach," said John Enderle, chairman of the District 36 Republicans,