(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota’s longest-serving state senator announced today he would resign. Republican Ray Holmberg, 79, rose to become one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers in a career that spanned 46 years. Holmberg’s resignation is effective June 1st. The announcement follows a report that he had traded scores of text messages with a man jailed on child pornography charges.
"Recent news stories have become a distraction for the important work of the legislative assembly during its interim meetings. I want to do what I can, within my power, to lessen such distractions. Consequently, in respect for the institution and its other 140 members, I shall resign my Senate seat effective June 1, 2022. This date will give District #17 leaders enough time to go through the process and select a replacement," wrote Holmberg in a statement provided to WDAY News First.
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