Mark Andrews (politician)

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Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews, US Senator from North Dakota.jpg
United States Senator
from North Dakota
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byMilton Young
Succeeded byKent Conrad
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byByron Dorgan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st district
In office
October 22, 1963 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byHjalmar Nygaard
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1926-05-19)May 19, 1926
Cass County, North Dakota, U.S.
DiedOctober 3, 2020(2020-10-03) (aged 94)
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materNorth Dakota State University

Mark Andrews (May 19, 1926 – October 3, 2020) was an American politician from the state of North Dakota. He was a member of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. Senator.

Life and career[edit]

Andrews was born in Cass County, North Dakota, where he attended public school. In 1944 at the age of 18, Andrews was admitted to the United States Military Academy. He quit in 1946 after receiving a disability discharge. He then attended North Dakota State University at Fargo, North Dakota, where he became a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and graduated in 1949.

Andrews then became a farmer. He was a third-generation farmer on a Red River Valley plot that was started by his grandfather.[1] During the 1950s he began to enter politics, serving on farmers' organizations and Republican committees. In 1962, Andrews ran for governor of North Dakota, losing to incumbent William L. Guy by 2,000 votes out of over 228,500 cast.[2] The next year, he became the Republican candidate for a seat in the United States House of Representatives from North Dakota when a special election was required after the death of Congressman Hjalmar Nygaard. Andrews won the election. He was reelected to a full term in 1964 and served in the House until 1981, being reelected every two years.

In 1980, Andrews did not run for reelection to the House, but instead ran for the United States Senate seat being vacated by long-serving Republican Senator Milton Young, who was retiring. Andrews won the election with 70% of the vote and served in the Senate for one term, from 1981 to 1987.[3] He was chairman of the select committee on Indian affairs from 1983 to 1987. He had a moderate-to-liberal voting record for most of his Congressional career.

In 1986, Andrews lost reelection to Democratic-NPL Tax Commissioner Kent Conrad by 2,120 votes in what was considered an upset, and subsequently retired from electoral politics. He started a consultancy firm in Washington, D.C. but lived in Mapleton, North Dakota. Grand Forks International Airport in Grand Forks, North Dakota has sometimes been called Mark Andrews International Airport, but usage of the name has declined.

Despite North Dakota's Republican bent at the presidential level, Andrews was the last Republican to represent the state in Congress until 2010, when Rick Berg was elected to the House and John Hoeven to the Senate.

Andrews married Mary in 1949. They had three children.[4] He died on October 3, 2020, in Fargo, North Dakota. He was 94.[1][5]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Richard F. Fenno, Jr.: When Incumbency fails : the Senate Career of Mark Andrews, Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992.


  1. ^ a b "Mark Andrews, former U.S. senator from North Dakota, dies at 94". Grand Forks Herald. October 6, 2020. Archived from the original on October 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - ND Governor Race - Nov 06, 1962".
  3. ^ "Longtime North Dakota politician dies". AM 1100 The Flag WZFG. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  4. ^ Bob Lind (March 7, 2017). "Neighbors: Fargo boy who became a farmer and then a congressman reminisces about his life". INFORUM. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  5. ^ "Former North Dakota congressman, senator Andrews dies at 94". Associated Press. October 7, 2020. Archived from the original on October 8, 2020.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Clarence P. Dahl
Republican nominee for Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Donald Halcrow
Preceded by
Milton Young
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from North Dakota
(Class 3)

1980, 1986
Succeeded by
Steve Sydness
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hjalmar Carl Nygaard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's 1st congressional district

Elected statewide at-large
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Byron Dorgan
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Milton R. Young
U.S. senator (Class 3) from North Dakota
1981 – 1987
Served alongside: Quentin Burdick
Succeeded by
Kent Conrad
Political offices
Preceded by
William Cohen
Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
1983 – 1987
Succeeded by
Daniel Inouye