Mark Andrews, a former senator from North Dakota, has died.
According to an obituary posted on the website of Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, Andrews died Saturday, Oct. 3. The funeral home confirmed the death to the Grand Forks Herald late Tuesday afternoon. He was 94.
Andrews, a Republican, first came into the statewide political scene in 1962, when he ran for governor against incumbent William Guy. He lost that race but soon thereafter served in Congress, winning a special election to take over a seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Hjalmar Nygaard. He held that seat eight more terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980. In that election, he won with 70% of the vote. He served one term in the Senate.
Andrews' name is attached to the Grand Forks airport, which still recognizes "Mark Andrews Field" within its wider name of Grand Forks International Airport.
In 2018, Forum Communications Columnist Jim Shaw wrote about Andrews, noting that among Andrews' many accomplishments were "the approval of the Garrison Diversion project, increasing farm exports, bringing more doctors to rural America and mandating warranties for military equipment. Andrews argued that if his tractor had a warranty, so should an expensive fighter plane."
Shaw also recalled that when Andrews was running for Senate reelection in 1986, he brought President Ronald Reagan to Grand Forks for a rally.
Andrews was born on May 19, 1926, in Cass County. After serving in politics, Andrews retired to Mapleton, N.D.