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Rep. Corey Mock will not seek Democratic-NPL nomination for re-election in District 18; fellow legislators laud his years of service

April 3, 2024

GRAND FORKS – After nearly 16 years of dedicated service in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, Representative Corey Mock has announced that he will not seek the Democratic-NPL nomination for re-election in District 18.

During his near-generation-long tenure in the legislature, Mock has been a steadfast advocate for the people of Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota. His legislative career has been marked by a commitment to constituent service, responsible governance, and a focus on issues crucial to the well-being of North Dakotans.

Representative Mock said, “It’s often quipped that North Dakota is one big town with really long roads. Our legislature has historically modeled this adage as a deliberative body with constructive, civil discourse and a neighborly demeanor. I’m proud of my service and contribution to that legacy.”

Mock, a former House Minority Leader and current ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, has developed a reputation as an effective and independent lawmaker. His expertise most notably shaped policies related to North Dakota’s Legacy Fund, military affairs, sustainable energy development, government accountability, and most recently, critical updates to email retention laws.

Additionally, Mock has been the member generally referred on parliamentary issues.

Mock’s public service and personal achievements have not been limited to the state capitol. Over the years, he has received honors and fellowships from the State Legislative Leadership Foundation (SLLF), Council of State Governments (CSG), and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). In 2021, Mock was nationally recognized with CSG’s 20 Under 40 Award.

Partisan fatigue and accelerating devolution of political discourse are among the reasons for Mock’s decision to not seek nomination.

“I am immensely grateful for the trust and support of my constituents and colleagues throughout the years,” said Representative Mock. “While I will not be on the ballot, I am excited about the opportunities to continue serving our community in other capacities and contributing to the progress and prosperity of North Dakota.”

After his announcement, Dem-NPL leaders offered their praise of Mock’s tenure in office.

House Minority Leader Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks) said, “Corey is my mentor, my inspiration, and my dear friend. It is hard to imagine serving in the Legislature without him by my side. His counsel and advice have been invaluable. His impact on Grand Forks and North Dakota has been immeasurable. And matching his legacy will be impossible. In an era of unrelenting partisanship, Corey stands out as someone who truly works across the aisle for the betterment of his constituents. I’m certain his contributions to North Dakota are far from over.”

Former State Senator JoNell Bakke (D-Grand Forks) remarked, “Though we served in different chambers, Corey was one of my closest friends and allies in the Legislature, and sometimes even my driver to and from Bismarck! Over those long hours in the car, I came to know Corey as one of the best and brightest policymakers in the state and someone who harnessed his immense talent to work with legislators from both parties to deliver for the citizens in his district. His determination and dedication will be sorely missed in Bismarck.”

State Representative Liz Conmy (D-Fargo) said, “As a first-term legislator, Corey helped to show me the ropes. From policy to procedure, Corey was always gracious in sharing his expertise–and quick with a joke to make sure we never took ourselves too seriously. I am grateful for Corey’s service and look forward to the next chapter of leadership in his career.”

Laura Dronen
Communications Director
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