New US Rep. Berg returns to ND House

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New North Dakota U.S. Rep. Rick Berg says the North Dakota House has a lot in common with Congress, except for the $1.5 trillion deficit.

Berg is a former North Dakota House Republican majority leader. He won his first term in Congress last November by defeating incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy.

Berg came back to the North Dakota Capitol on Thursday and made a brief speech to the state House and Senate.

He said North Dakota has gained national standing since the mid-1980s, when Berg was first elected to the North Dakota House.

Berg says the Legislature has concentrated on initiatives to attract business and increase job growth. Lawmakers haven't spent more than they had, and they've saved for a rainy day.

Berg says similar principles are needed in Washington.