North Dakota's 2nd congressional district is an obsolete congressional district in the state of North Dakota that was created by reapportionments in 1913, and eliminated by the reapportionments in 1933. North Dakota elected its two Representatives in a two-member at large district from 1932 to 1960, but then resurrected single-member districts in 1962. The district was eliminated by the reapportionment as a result of the 1970 census. The seat was last filled from 1971 to 1973 by Arthur A. Link, who sought the office of Governor of North Dakota after not being able to run again for the defunct seat.
When existing between 1913 and 1933, the district included the capital Bismarck and consisted of the following counties of central North Dakota: Bottineau, Rolette, McHenry, Pierce, Benson, Sheridan, Wells, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Stutsman, Barnes, Kidder, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, LaMoure, and Dickey.
The 1963 recreation was different, consisting of the western half of the state, again including Bismarck. It contained the following counties: Bottineau, McHenry, Sheridan, Wells, Kidder, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, Divide, Burke, Renville, Ward, Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie, McLean, Dunn, Mercer, Oliver, Billings, Stark, Morton, Hettinger, Bowman, Adams, Golden Valley, Grant, Slope and Sioux.
List of members representing the district
|District created March 4, 1913|
George M. Young
|Republican||March 4, 1913 –
September 2, 1924
|Elected in 1912.|
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. Customs Court.
|Vacant||September 2, 1924 –
November 4, 1924
|Republican||November 4, 1924 –
March 3, 1933
|Elected to finish Young's term.|
Re-elected in 1926
Re-elected in 1928
Re-elected in 1930
Re-districted into at-large district and lost subsequent renomination.
|District eliminated January 3, 1933|
|District re-established January 3, 1963|
Don L. Short
|Republican||January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
|88th||Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1962.|
Rolland W. Redlin
|Democratic||January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
|89th||Elected in 1964.|
Thomas S. Kleppe
|Republican||January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1971
|Elected in 1966.|
Re-elected in 1968.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Arthur A. Link
|Democratic||January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1973
|92nd||Elected in 1970.|
|District eliminated January 3, 1973|
|1912 (63rd Congress)||George M. Young||R||16,912||64.3|
|J. A. Minckler||D||7,426||28.2|
|John A. Yoder||SOC||1,922||7.3|
|1914 (63rd Congress)||George M. Young||R||18,680||68.4|
|James J. Weeks||D||7,073||25.9|
|N. H. Bjornstad||SOC||1,553||5.7|
|1916 (65th Congress)||George M. Young||R||22,227||71.7|
|1918 (66th Congress)||George M. Young||R||20,516||74.5|
|L. N. Torson||D||7,038||25.5|
|1920 (67th Congress)||George M. Young||R||34,849||51.7|
|Ole H. Olson||I N-PART||32,618||48.4|
|1922 (68th Congress)||George M. Young||R||36,528||69.8|
|J. W. Deemy||PROG||15,834||30.2|
|Special election (68th Congress)||Thomas Hall||R||33,460||51.0|
|Gerald P. Nye||D||32,205||49.0|
|1924 (69th Congress)||Thomas Hall||R||31,212||42.2|
|Gerald P. Nye||D||28,193||38.1|
|M. C. Freercks||N-PART||14,511||19.6|
|1926 (70th Congress)||Thomas Hall||R||33,607||66.3|
|J. L. Page||D||13,635||27.1|
|C. W. Reichert||F-LAB||3,350||6.6|
|1928 (71st Congress)||Thomas Hall||R||42,844||61.7|
|J. L. Page||D||26,566||38.3|
|1930 (72nd Congress)||Thomas Hall||R||34,063||55.6|
|P. W. Lanier||D||25,780||42.3|
Recreated in 1962
|1962 (88th Congress)||Don L. Short||R||56,203||54.0|
|1964 (89th Congress)||Rolland Redlin||D||60,751||52.5|
|Don L. Short||R||54,878||47.5|
|1966 (90th Congress)||Thomas S. Kleppe||R||50,801||51.9|
|1968 (91st Congress)||Thomas S. Kleppe||R||55,962||49.9|
|1970 (92nd Congress)||Arthur A. Link||D||50,416||50.3|
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present