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Merle BoucherNONENon-Partisan American politician
75
Years of Age
20
Years of Experience
NDResidence (state)

Merle Boucher (born July 19, 1946) is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party politician who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 9th district from 1991 to 2011. He served as Minority Leader from 1996 to 2011. Boucher sought and lost the Democratic-NPL nomination for governor in 2004 and in 2008, but became the running mate of 2008 nominee Tim Mathern, running on the ticket as the nominee for lieutenant governor. Two years after that ticket lost, Boucher became the Democratic-NPL nominee for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, losing in the 2010 election to incumbent Doug Goehring. Boucher is from Rolette County, North Dakota and attended high school there. He went on to college, taking classes from the State School of Forestry. He then transferred to Mayville State University, where he graduated with a teaching degree in 1970. He returned to Rolette and taught at the high school for 20 years. After retiring, he became a rancher. He holds his family's original Homestead Act claim among other land.

Education4 - 4 of 2
Mayville State University
BS
1970
North Dakota State University, Botineau
AA
1966
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Representative
North Dakota State House of Representatives
1990 - 2010
Former Minority Leader
North Dakota State House of Representatives
Educator
1970 - 1990
Farmer
1970 - Current
Employee
Rolette Community Improvement, Incorporated
Other Experience1 - 7 of 7
Member
North Dakota Mental Health Association
Member
North Dakota Farmers Union
Member
North Dakota Education Association
Member
National Education Association
Member
Children's Services Coordinating Committee
1995 - Current
Member
Rolette Jobs Authority
Member
North Dakota Children's Caucus