Governor Burgum appoints new state Commerce Commissioner

Photo by: Office of Governor Doug Burgum
Photo by: Office of Governor Doug Burgum

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum has named a new commerce commissioner.

Burgum appointed Josh Teigen Thursday to the Cabinet-level post.

“With his valuable combination of experience as a private sector entrepreneur and director of Commerce’s largest division, Josh is well-suited to lead the highly capable Department of Commerce team in growing and diversifying the economy, addressing workforce needs, cutting red tape, developing healthy, vibrant communities and growing our tourism sector,” said Burgum in a statement released to WDAY Radio.

Teigen most recently served as Economic Development and Finance Division Director.

“This appointment is truly an honor, and I’m grateful for the leadership of Governor Burgum and this entire administration," said Teigen on the move into his new role. "I love the state of North Dakota and look forward to this new role as an opportunity to move the state forward and continue the tremendous momentum built by the hard work of our public servants and private risk-takers. I’m thankful for the remarkable team members at the Department of Commerce as well as our partners in the legislature and other state agencies. North Dakota is the best place to live and build businesses and families, and we’ll continue working to ensure our state remains the gold standard for quality of life.”

Teigen succeeds former commissioner James Leiman, who resigned from the position effective June 30 to become the chief development officer with the Institute for Economics and Peace. He begins his new position Tuesday, September 6th.