- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is seeking a second term in Congress’ upper chamber in 2016.

Don Larson, a spokesman for Hoeven’s office, said Saturday that North Dakota’s Republican senior U.S. senator will run again, but said the campaign is in its very early stages.

He interrupted his third term as governor of the state to run for the U.S. Senate spot during the 2010 elections, beating out Democrat Tracy Potter with 76 percent of the vote.

Hoeven has been a strong backer of the Keystone XL pipeline and was the chief sponsor of the Senate legislation to greenlight the project.

He serves on committees that deal with agriculture, appropriations, Native American affairs and energy and natural resources.

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