Secretary of State Bio
Secretary of State Al Jaeger was elected North Dakota's fourteenth Secretary of State in 1992 and was reelected in 1996, 2000, 2004 (two-year term), 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.
He serves on the North Dakota Emergency Commission, the Board of the North Dakota State Historical Society, and the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands.
Since becoming Secretary of State on January 1, 1993, Jaeger has been an active participant in the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). He has served ten terms on its Executive Committee. For 2018/2019, he is the Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee and liaison to the Notary Public Administrators' section of NASS. In July 2019, he was appointed to his 24th consecutive term as Chairman of the NASS Standing Committee on Awards.
Jaeger was born in Beulah, ND in 1943. Raised in Beulah, he graduated from its high school in 1961. He attended Bismarck State College and in 1963 earned an Associate of Arts degree. In 1966, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Dickinson State University majoring in Business Education with a minor in Speech. He also took post-graduate courses at the University of North Dakota in 1968 and Montana State University in 1970. Jaeger was chosen by the Bismarck State College National Alumni Association as the recipient of the 2009 BSC Alumnus of the Year Award. In 2011, he was named by Dickinson State University as an Alumni Fellow for the Department of Business and Management.
During his high school and college years, Jaeger worked for his father's excavating and ready-mix concrete company. He taught at Killdeer (ND) High School for three years (1966-1969) and for two years (1969-1971) at Kenmare (ND) High School. For two years (1971-1973), Jaeger worked as a marketing analyst in Fargo, ND, for the Mobil Oil Corporation. From 1973 to 1992, he was self-employed in Fargo as a real estate broker and owned his own real estate brokerage business.
He served in the North Dakota Army National Guard (1966-1972). Jaeger was an active member of Jaycee chapters in Killdeer, Kenmare, and Fargo where he was Secretary and Vice President. Before moving to Bismarck in 1993, he was an eighteen-year member of the Fargo Rough Riders Kiwanis Club where he served a term as President and several terms as club Secretary. Jaeger is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bismarck and was its President for 2007-2008. He has been a Kiwanian for over 44 years. In Fargo, Jaeger belonged to Hope Lutheran Church and served a term as a council member, foundation board member, and for eighteen years as head usher. Now, a member of Charity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, he serves on several ministry teams.
Jaeger's wife, Kathy, died November 24, 2016. They have three adult children.
Although not actively practicing after his election in 1992, Jaeger maintained his North Dakota real estate broker's license until 2018 and is an Emeritus member in the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of REALTORS and the North Dakota Association of REALTORS. He was an officer and a member of committees pertaining to education, professional standards, by-laws, and the Multiple Listing Service. Along with holding two professional REALTOR designations, he was named REALTOR of the Year in 1980 for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors (FMAAR) and was a nominee for North Dakota REALTOR of the Year. In 1997, FMAAR presented him with a Distinguished Service Award.
A long-time blood donor, Jaeger attained the Gold Reward Level in November 2010 and has over 111 donations.
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