Gov. Doug Burgum names new North Dakota commerce commissioner

Josh Teigen will take office Tuesday as North Dakota's next commerce commissioner.

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Josh Teigen.
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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Josh Teigen as North Dakota’s next commerce commissioner.

“With his valuable combination of experience as a private sector entrepreneur and director of Commerce’s largest division, Josh is well-suited to lead the highly capable Department of Commerce team,” Burgum said in a statement issued Thursday, Sept. 1.

Teigen, who takes office Tuesday, will be responsible for “growing and diversifying the economy, addressing workforce needs, cutting red tape, developing healthy, vibrant communities and growing our tourism sector,” Burgum said.

Former commissioner James Leiman resigned on June 30 and now works as the chief development officer for the Institute for Economics and Peace. Shawn Kessel, chief operating officer and deputy commerce commissioner, has served as interim commissioner during the transition.

“I love the state of North Dakota and look forward to this new role as an opportunity to move the state forward and continue the tremendous momentum built by the hard work of our public servants and private risk-takers,” Teigen said.


Teigen has been the director of the Economic Development and Finance Division for two years at the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

He sits on the board of directors for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.’s Growth Initiative Fund.

Previously, Teigen worked as the head of investments and innovations for the Department of Commerce and he was on the board of directors for the North Dakota Development Fund.

He worked for almost eight years with Mind Shift, a private-sector organization that provides an “innovative business solution to chronic underemployment and unemployment of individuals on the autism spectrum," according to the statement.

Teigen was also the president and chief financial officers of a 3-D printing company called Protosthetics.

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