Gov. Burgum Testifies in Favor of Presidential Library Funding


Governor Doug Burgum, for his first time ever, testified in a committee hearing today, advocating for the funding of the Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library.

During the governors’ remarks, he reiterated parts of his state of the state address. He wants lawmakers to pass a bill to fund the presidential library through the legacy fund. The governor is proposing for every one dollar the state puts in, 2 dollars will be matched through grants and private donors. He said the project won’t begin until ALL funding is received. 50 million would come from the legacy fund, 100 million from other donors, with a total cost of 150 million.

Governor Doug Burgum: “North Dakota has truly a unique opportunity to garner and build a state of the art presidential library and museum in honor of one of the most dynamic, influential, and world-changing presidents in the history of the US. The Theodore Roosevelt President Library would be destined to become the number one tourist attraction in the state of North Dakota.”

To close his testimony, he played a video from President Theodore Roosevelt’s direct descendent– Teddy Roosevelt the fifth, the president’s great great grandson.

Theodore Roosevelt V: “In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that without his time in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt would have never been president, because, upon reflection of his career, that’s exactly what he did say.”
The governor anticipates it will take a few years to receive full funding for the project.

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