Politics

North Dakota GOP Rep. Berg announces US Senate bid in video

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota U.S. Rep. Rick Berg says he’s running for the U.S. Senate.

The Republican’s announcement came in a video Monday. It was emailed to supporters and posted on one of Berg’s Facebook pages.

The 51-year-old Berg has been in the U.S. House for fewer than five months. He defeated veteran Democrat Earl Pomeroy last year with 55 percent of the vote.

Now Berg says he’ll be competing for the Republican endorsement to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Republican Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is the only other declared candidate in the Senate race.

Incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad isn’t running for re-election, and no Democrat has announced plans to run for the Senate.