Rep. Bill Oliver resigns from North Dakota Legislature

September 26, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A freshman Republican lawmaker who represents a massive legislative district in western North Dakota has resigned.

Rep. Bill Oliver tells The Associated Press he has been splitting time between his home in New Town and managing an auto parts store in Minnesota. He also recently married.

House District 4 includes parts of six counties and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Oliver served one session. But he says he can no longer represent his district with the “zeal necessary.” His resignation is effective Oct. 30.

North Dakota law allows local party district organizations to choose a successor for an incumbent legislator who dies or resigns.

The process is used if ballot filing deadlines have passed.

Activists from the departing legislator’s own party are put in charge of finding a successor.

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