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Jeans get governor booted from North Dakota Senate's floor

Posted February 16

— North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's preference for wearing jeans got him booted from the state Senate's floor.

Burgum, a Republican software entrepreneur elected in November, had finished posing for a photo with some students on the Senate floor Wednesday when he was asked to leave.

Spokesman Mike Nowatzki says the governor "meant no disrespect to the chamber rules."

Burgum's preference for jeans and sweaters has spurred much grumbling at the Capitol among many male lawmakers who wear a suit and tie when the Legislature is in session.

Burgum also wore jeans at his inauguration last month, when other governors in recent years donned tuxedos or a suit.


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  • Gsp Winner Feb 18, 11:24 p.m.
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    Can't follow the rules, care about self how much will he listen to you...

  • Linda Tally Feb 18, 6:54 a.m.
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    Given North Dakota's recent history, jeans are probably over-dressed for attending its functions. Sackcloth and ashes now... those might be appropriate for all ND legislatures.

  • Tim Orr Feb 17, 11:32 a.m.
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    Seems that jeans are ok with the people they are supposed to be working for, so perhaps this is another example of government not listening to it's bosses...