Top North Dakota lawmaker Wardner to retire; Keiser also won’t seek reelection

The North Dakota Senate majority leader won’t seek another term next year, capping his 30-year career in the Legislature, and opening up a top job.

Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, announced Wednesday that he won’t run in 2022 for the Dickinson-area District 37 seat.

The retired teacher and coach said he and his family made the decision in 2018 that his reelection bid that year would be his last.