Institute of Politics

Heidi Heitkamp

Former Democratic Senator from North Dakota & Co-Founder & Chair of The One Country Project

  • Winter 2021 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminar Series: "Forming a More Perfect Union: Policies & Politics to Heal America’s Regional Divide"


U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp was the first female senator elected from North Dakota, serving from 2013–2019.

During her six years in the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp quickly became a proven senator who worked across the aisle to fight for North Dakotans. She personally showed that if senators work together, it can lead to real solutions. Throughout her time in public service, Heidi prioritized improving the lives of Indigenous people and working families; stopping human trafficking and violence against women; guaranteeing affordable health care; addressing childhood trauma; eliminating unnecessary regulation and securing a U.S. energy policy that keeps costs low but achieves climate goals. Providing equal economic opportunity for Rural America continues to be her lifelong pursuit.

Heitkamp previously served as North Dakota’s Attorney General, and elected State Tax Commissioner. She serves on numerous boards including The McCain Institute, The Howard Buffett Foundation, Restore Democracy Initiative and The German Marshall Fund. She is the founder and Chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America. She serves as a contributor to both CNBC and ABC News.


"Forming a More Perfect Union: Policies & Politics to Heal America’s Regional Divide"

These seminars will explore the economic insecurity, cultural values and political tensions underlying America’s regional divide. We will open up a dialogue with our guests that reduces the rhetoric and increases the understanding of who we are. Where can we make progress in the search for a common identity and shared solutions that will benefit struggling communities? Where is there common ground and common interests? What will continue to divide us? We will discuss the policies that can help us to chart a path forward to a more unified country, and how to implement them.

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