- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A longtime state senator from Bismarck is retiring.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Sen. Ralph Kilzer announced Wednesday he is retiring after more than 20 years in the Legislature.

The 82-year-old orthopedic surgeon was elected to the state House in 1996 and the state Senate in 1998. Kilzer says he will retire when his term ends in November 2018.

Kilzer represents District 47, which covers northwestern Bismarck and is heavily Republican. Kilzer says he’s talked to about five people who are interested in the seat.

One contender is Tom Trenbeath (TREN’-beth), who retired last year as North Dakota’s chief deputy attorney general. Trenbeath previously served in the state Senate from 2000 to 2006, before joining the attorney general’s office.

As senator, Trenbeath represented District 10, in northeastern North Dakota.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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