President | North Dakotans for Public Integrity
Dina Butcher is President of North Dakotans for Public Integrity, a non-partisan committee which succeeded in passing a constitutional measure to create an ethics commission, strengthen laws to provide transparency in campaign finance and to provide guidance for lobbyist behavior. Her teenage grandson’s friend dubbed her a Badass Grandma, which became what she and her cohorts Ellen Chaffee and Kathy Tweeten wore proudly as they travelled the long stretches of highways and byways of North Dakota connecting with the real voters of ND. This was not her first constitutional initiated measure win, as she chaired a successful campaign to defeat another Measure 1 relating to people’s right to privacy in making health decisions in 2014 for which she was recognized by the North Dakota Women’s Network as Woman of the year in 2015.
She has worked the past 16 years as a private investigator in her family owned business, but prior to that had extensive experience in state government, serving as North Dakota Human Rights Division director for Gov. John Hoeven, director of Community Services Division and senior staff member for Gov. Ed Schafer, as well as director of his state Leadership Initiative, and deputy agriculture commissioner in the 1980s. She owned and operated Association Management Services, Inc., for nine years, working as a lobbyist for various agricultural interests, managing agricultural associations, and launching grass roots businesses. A former language teacher, she is a past president of the Bismarck Rotary Club. She narrowly lost the statewide election for the office of Agriculture Commissioner in 1996 on the Republican ticket.