John Hoeven was the first Bank president to move on to higher political office. He served as governor and successfully ran for Senator in 2010. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, he received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 followed by a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981.
He moved to Minot, North Dakota where he was executive vice president of First Western Bank from 1986-1993 when he was appointed as president of Bank of North Dakota under Governor Ed Schaefer. He held that role for eight years when he resigned to run for governor.
John and his wife, Mikey, have two children and five grandchildren.