Fargo state Sen. Grindberg mulling US Senate run

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fargo state Sen. Tony Grindberg has told North Dakota Republican district chairmen he is considering a U.S. Senate run next year.

Grindberg said in an electronic mail message that he and his wife, Karen, have been discussing a possible Senate run for the past two months.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad is stepping down next year, and several Republicans are expected to compete for the party's endorsement to take his place.

Grindberg declined comment on the e-mail and said he is focusing on the legislative session. Grindberg is a vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The 50-year-old Grindberg is director of North Dakota State University's research and technology park. He was first elected to the Senate in 1992. He has run unsuccessfully for Senate majority leader.