Transcript: Remarks by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven on the GOP Platform at the Republican National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) on the GOP Platform at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012:
“Fellow delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen:
“We Republicans believe in this great country, and we believe in the American people. We know that our people are our greatest natural resource.
“Our plan to build a brighter future for our country is built on the strength of the American people – on their vision, their work ethic, and their deep desire for a brighter future.
“At the heart of it is job creation, because job creation must be job number one for our country at this critical point in our history.
“What Americans want today is what America has always offered in abundance: opportunity. And opportunity begins with a good job.
“A decade ago, we in North Dakota worked to forge a pro-growth, pro-business agenda that encouraged private-sector investment and innovation in all of our key industries, including energy.
“We built a strong, competitive environment where businesses could grow – and hire – without red tape or high taxes.
“The result was jobs and a thriving economy. Today, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate and the fastest growing economy in the nation.
“Instead of discouraging businesses with bureaucracy, we helped them to do things right, with good environmental stewardship.
“But the Obama Administration doesn’t see it that way, and the Keystone XL pipeline is a good example.
“This $7 billion, high-tech project would not only reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, but also help hold down the cost of fuel at the pump and create thousands of American jobs.
“After four years of environmental review, however, the administration just says no – no to jobs, no to economic growth, no to lower fuel prices for consumers.
“That’s not what the American people want.
“What they want is reliable and affordable energy to power their homes, run their businesses, and fuel their cars.
“They want jobs and real opportunity to build a good life – and to leave that same legacy to their children.
“We can provide that opportunity and get our nation’s economy back on track again – if we focus on the things that actually encourage job growth and economic opportunity for the American people.
“They know that our country is at a crossroads of history. They also need to know that we offer a brighter alternative for our country’s future.
“Thank you and God bless the United States of America.
“It is now my pleasure to introduce my fellow co-chair, Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.”
On January 5, 2011, John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator, after serving 10 years as Governor for the state of North Dakota.
As Governor, Hoeven worked to build North Dakota’s future by focusing on six pillars of growth: education, economic development, agriculture, energy, technology and quality of life. Under his leadership, North Dakota expanded and diversified its economy and gained almost 50,000 new jobs. North Dakota’s wages and personal income continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years, the state led the nation in export growth. While much of the nation is struggling through a recession and budget deficits, North Dakota has balanced its budget, set aside more than $1 billion in reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, health care, strong law enforcement, and quality infrastructure.
In addition to these, some of Hoeven’s other initiatives as Governor include the Centers of Excellence, an initiative that combines education and economic development to create higher-paying jobs and new business opportunities for North Dakota citizens. The Centers of Excellence program has resulted in more than $400 million in economic impact and thousands of new jobs.
Hoeven has also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources. Beginning in 2001, he initiated EmPower ND, a multi-resource energy program for the state with incentives in each energy sector, as well as a conservation component. North Dakota is one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation, and Hoeven has worked to advance the state’s traditional energy resources, like lignite coal, oil and gas, while promoting renewable energy opportunities, such as wind, ethanol and biodiesel.
Through his positions on the Senate Appropriations and Senate Energy Committees, Hoeven is working to implement the same kinds of policies on a national level that have helped to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy and to create jobs on the state level. This means creating a business climate that fosters job growth, developing a national energy policy that encourages development of both traditional and renewable resources and reducing our budget deficits and national debt. Hoeven believes that with a common sense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people, we can build our economy and create jobs for our country.
John Hoeven was born in Bismarck. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981. He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993 and established a strong position of service in many civic, community and economic development activities prior to elective office. From 1993-2000 he served as president and CEO of Bank of North Dakota (BND), which grew from $900 million to $1.6 billion.
Hoeven and his wife, Mical (Mikey), have two children, Marcela and Jack.
*SOURCES: Republican National Convention 2012 & YouTube.com/GOPConvention2012