North Dakota Senator John Hoeven is in the Williston region again today showing what an oil boom in the 21st Century looks like to fellow Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Murkowski is the ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee --
and is republicans were to take back control of the Senate in November, she would become the chair.
Officials in the region see an opportunity in a visit like this then...to make an impression on a very high ranking elected official.
Williston Mayor Ward Koeser says the two day visit is jammed with tours of new housing, oil well sites, and basically everything that is takes to create American energy.
(Ward Koeser - Mayor of Williston) "Whenever we get the opportunity to show the rest of the world -- especially Congressional people, what is happening in Williston it is helpful to us. You know there is always the chance that she would be the head of the Energy Committee at some point and we would sure love to have her understand what is happening in Williston and the Bakken."
Earlier this year, Senator Hoeven hosted Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar for a similar visit to the Bakken region.