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RAY HOLMBERG

Legislative expense reports show Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks spent more than $125,000 on travel over the last decade, far exceeding the average for lawmakers.
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Officers who searched Holmberg's condo in Grand Forks also investigated a child porn suspect who exchanged texts with the state senator.
Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, has chaired the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee for nearly two decades.
There aren't any political implications for that date. Could it have to do with his state benefits?

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An investigation published by The Forum on April 15 revealed that North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg exchanged 72 text messages in August with Nicholas Morgan-Derosier, a Grand Forks County Jail inmate suspected of child porn and sex abuse crimes.
"Recent news stories have become a distraction for the important work of the legislative assembly during its interim meetings," Holmberg wrote. "Consequently, in respect for the institution and its other 140 members, I shall resign my Senate seat effective June 1, 2022."
When contacted by Forum News Service earlier this week, Sen. Ray Holmberg declined to comment and directed all inquiries to his new attorney, Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo.
Lawmakers react to Holmberg’s decision to step down as Legislative Management Committee chairman.
"Recent events and discussions have made it clear to me that the interim governing body of the legislature, Legislative Management, does not need to be any part of that discussion," Holmberg wrote in a released announcement.
Democrat-NPL Chair Patrick Hart said North Dakota's longest-serving state senator should step down as chair of Legislative Management, a powerful group that decides who sits on committees in the Legislature.

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State Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks told a reporter he no longer had the text messages. When asked what happened to the texts, Holmberg said, “They’re just gone.”
From his favorite governor to his proudest accomplishments to what lays ahead for his beloved state, Sen. Ray Holmberg, a constant in North Dakota politics for almost five decades, speaks out on this episode of Plain Talk.
The Grand Forks senator, noted nationally for his longevity in office, has announced he won't seek reelection.

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