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Blair Thoreson


Blair Thoreson, a Republican, is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 44th Legislative District in Fargo since 1998. He is the public-sector co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council Task Force on Communications and Technology, and he serves as chairman of the North Dakota Government Operations Division of the House Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the administrative rules, budget section and information technology committees.

A small-business owner, Thoreson spent 14 years employed in the telecommunications industry. He has a B.S. in communications from North Dakota State University and a master's degree in management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

The federal regulator wants to make it easier for local governments to become Internet providers. That would be a blow to state-level federalism and a bad deal for taxpayers.