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Mark Andrews
United States Senator
from North Dakota

In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Milton Young
Succeeded by Kent Conrad
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Byron Dorgan
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
October 22, 1963 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Hjalmar Nygaard
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born May 19, 1926
Cass County, North Dakota, U.S.
Died October 3, 2020
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater North 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 | edit source]

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. 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.[1] 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 decided not to run for reelection to the House. Instead, he ran for the North Dakota U. S. Senate seat being vacated by the long-serving Republican Milton Young, who announced that he would not run for reelection and retire after the election. Andrews won the election with 70% of the vote and served in the Senate for one term, from 1981 to 1987. 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.

Andrews was defeated for reelection in 1986 by Democratic-NPL Tax Commissioner Kent Conrad by 2,120 votes in what was considered an upset. Andrews retired from elective politics. He started a consultancy firm in Washington, D.C. but lives 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.

Andrews was the last Republican to serve in Congress from North Dakota until the election of Rick Berg to the House and John Hoeven to the Senate in 2010.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

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

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United States 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
United States 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

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