North Dakota State Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem dies at 59

From the Greenwich Times:

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bob Stenehjem, the Republican majority leader of the North Dakota Senate for a decade, was killed Monday when the SUV he was riding in overturned during a fishing trip in Alaska, family members said.

Stenehjem, 59, of Bismarck, had been on a halibut fishing vacation near Homer on the state’s southern coast. He had been visiting his older brother, John, and his son, Rob, both of whom live in Alaska, said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Bob Stenehjem’s brother.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple called Bob Stenehjem “a great asset to the North Dakota Legislature” and said in a statement Monday night that his “warmth and friendliness will be sorely missed.”

“He was the glue that held (the Senate) together,” said Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, the House majority leader.

Bob Stenehjem was an avid hunter and fisherman, Carlson said. “He had been up doing one of the most favorite things in his whole life, and that was going to Alaska fishing,” Carlson said.


Rest in peace.