WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As Congress is getting ready for mass turnover, one North Dakota lawmaker is heading for the exits. After six years on the job, and a failed bid for re-election, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) says she does not regret her approach during the campaign.
“These positions that I’ve taken here isn’t because it was politically expedient, it’s because they’re things that I believe in,” said Heitkamp.
The writing was on the wall after her no vote on now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Concerned by allegations of sexual assault, she voted her conscience, and perhaps her fate in a state where polls showed broad support for the judicial nominee.
“I always approached this job from the standpoint of not ‘Will this make me popular?’ but, ‘How would I look at this decision 20 years from now?’” said Heitkamp.
As North Dakota’s lone female and lone Democrat heads for Capitol Hill’s exit signs, she says she will not lose sight of issues close to her, like the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and international trade.
“I hope that I can play a role in engaging in a broader dialogue to actually come up with meaningful and effective solutions to America’s problems,” said Heitkamp.
It’s unclear how she will do this with her private life future undecided as of now. When asked about possibly running for office in the future, she says, “Because I’m a glutton for punishment, yeah. No. No.”
Heitkamp officially makes her Capitol Hill exit the first week in January.