Born and raised in Minot, ND, Josh graduated from Bishop Ryan High School and attended North Dakota State University where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Prior to being elected to the ND House of Representatives, Josh mentored and empowered students for ten years at NDSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead through a variety of offices including Admissions, Orientation & Student Success, Student Activities and the Career Center.
Josh was elected to represent District 44 in the ND House of Representatives in 2012, flipping a seat that had been held by Republicans for over 20 years. He spent the four and a half months leading up to the election, listening to the concerns and hope that his north Fargo neighbors had for the future of North Dakota. Josh was able to engage with thousands of his north Fargo neighbors in a way that brought Republicans, Independents, Democrats and Libertarians to support his campaign. He continued listening to and engaging his constituents throughout his first term and was soundly re-elected in 2016 for another four-year term.
While in Bismarck, Josh serves on the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, Administrative Rules Committee, Interim Government Finance Committee, Interim Economic Impact Committee and Interim Workers’ Compensation Review Committee. The diversity of the policies discussed in these committees has allowed Josh to become well versed in the various perspectives that small business owners, family farmers, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders hold throughout the state. He is considered a leader within the Legislature who is willing to listen and partner with stakeholders to pass laws that benefit North Dakotans.
When not serving in Bismarck or helping people buy and sell homes, Josh remains active in many local organizations. He is the past president of the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons and serves on the Board of Directors for Prairie Public Broadcasting and Act Up Theatre. As an Associate member of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Josh represented the order at the United Nations Commission for Social Development for two weeks in New York City.
Additionally, Josh has volunteered locally with Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, the ALS Association of Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter, New Generation North Dakota and Gladys Ray Shelter & Drop-In Center. His involvement in these organizations allows Josh to build relationships with individuals, employers, community groups, faith-based organizations and service providers that inform him of some of the issues we face locally and throughout the state.
As an active member of our community, Josh is inspired by the individual and collective contributions each one of us makes so our families, friends and neighbors can live, learn, work and play in a community that respects all individuals and families. Josh is rooted in his North Dakota upbringing that taught him the value of hard work and taking care of one another. He is eager to meet so many fellow North Dakotans throughout this campaign to learn more about their ideas of how the Secretary of State’s office can modernize, protect North Dakotan’s privacy and ensure their access to the ballot box.
Representative Josh Boschee