Background Checks Show We’re Not Governed by Angels in ND House

As a result of sexual harassment allegations towards Rep. Luke Simons (R – District 36) — and the less than impressive response by House Republican leadership to them — one reader of The Minuteman took it upon themselves to run background checks on members of the North Dakota House. They’ve sent me their findings.

I’m not going to bother including the names connected to the crimes, but suffice it to say we’re not governed by angels in North Dakota. I’m guessing that won’t really surprise some of you to hear that. But considering the circumstances, perhaps a reminder doesn’t hurt either— for us or them.

Here’s a list of what was sent to me:

  • Reckless Driving*
  • Driving While License Suspended*
  • Criminal Mischief (Case Dismissed)
  • DUI*
  • Issuing Bad Checks*
  • Theft of Property
  • Violation of Protection Order
  • Driving with No Insurance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Case Dismissed)

*Denotes more than one legislator with the charge.

Now, as was pointed out by the individual who ran the background checks, it was a fairly limited search that produced these results. A deeper dive would require more time — and perhaps even some money — to get access to other records.

Despite their past mistakes and imperfections, the folks responsible for these charges are our lawmakers. I’m fascinated by the reality that some of them are the very same people that want Luke Simons booted with no Due Process— which is something every single one of them enjoyed in the midst of their troubles. Even House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R – District 29) has admitted he doesn’t believe in Due Process.

In addition to this information, I’ve had numerous individuals — who either work at the State Capitol or spend time there — tell me about other legislators who have been accused of harassment. Yet, no records have surfaced about them. That may be worth looking into.



  1. NDGOP & House Leadership are Acting Like Democrats with Simons’ Situation – The Minuteman Blog
  2. If Simons Has to Go, House Republican Leadership Must Too – The Minuteman Blog
  3. Path to expulsion? (
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