- George Sinner
name= George Sinner
office= Governor of North Dakota
term_start= January 1, 1985
term_end= December 15, 1992
Allen I. Olson
birth_date= birth date|1928|8|8|mf=y
Fargo, North Dakota
Elizabeth "Jane" Sinner
George A. Sinner, (born 1928) in
Fargo, North Dakotawas a Democratic-NPL politician who served as governor of North Dakotafrom 1985 through 1992. He served two 4-year terms as governor.
George Sinner was born in
Fargo, North Dakotaon May 29, 1928, and was raised in Casselton, North Dakota. In 1950, Sinner received a degree in philosophy from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He served in the United States Air National Guard from 1950 to 1951, and pursued a career in politics in the late 1950s. He was elected to the North Dakota Senatein 1962. He served one four-year term until 1966, and failed to win re-election. Coming from a background of farming, Sinner served as president of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Board from 1975 to 1979. During that time, he chaired an ad hoc farm commodity group which was responsible for funding and construction of the greenhouse complex and the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State Universityin Fargo. He served as a member of many other boards and organizations, including the North Dakota Broadcasting Council, the State Board of Higher Education and more. During his time on the State Board of Higher Education, Sinner helped craft the "Tri-college" system currently used by NDSU, MSUM and Concordia Moorheadcolleges. It is a program that allows students attending one of the schools to take classes not offered there at one of the other universities.
George Sinner was elected to serve as the
Governor of North Dakotabeginning in 1985 and served two four-year terms. The starting date of Sinner's first term was disputed with defeated and outgoing Gov. Allen Olson. Sinner held that the term started January 1st and Olson held that the term began on January 6th, four years after his own term began. At that time, the specific date was not clearly set forth in state law nor the state constitution. The North Dakota Supreme Courtsettled the issue in favor of Sinner on January 5th, 1985, one day before Olson would have vacated office anyway. Olson did not comply with the decision and did not vacate the governor's office until the following day but Sinner's term was retroactively recognized to have begun on January 1st. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0DE0D61E38F930A35752C0A963948260] [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00813FB345C0C768CDDA80894DD484D81]
During these years,
North Dakotasuffered through the 1980s farm crisis and celebrated its 100th anniversary. The North Dakota National Guard was also called to serve during his second term in the Gulf Warin 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. Sinner did not seek a third term. He was succeeded in office by Ed Schafer.
During his term as Governor, Senator
Quentin Burdickdied. He encouraged Senator Kent Conradto run for the remainder of his term.
Sinner received honorary doctorate degrees from North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and St. John's University.
* [http://www.library.und.edu/Collections/og269.html George Sinner Papers at The University of North Dakota]
* [http://www.library.und.edu/Collections/og1267.html Jane Sinner Papers at The University of North Dakota]
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