Margaret Sitte, state senator in District 35, was elected in 2010. She served two sessions in the House of Representatives in 2003 and 2005. As a legislator, she proved that she listens to her constituents, analyzes issues, and brings common sense solutions to state government.
Margaret has owned a small business, worked as a state employee, and taught in public and private schools. She served as president of Buy-Rite Grocery, a family-owned business, for ten years. Working as the Assistant Director of Community Affairs at the Department of Transportation, Margaret understands the concerns of the many state employees she represents. As a secondary English teacher, Margaret knows the importance of a challenging education to equip the next generation. She counts her greatest achievement as touching the hearts and minds of her own children and the young people she teaches.
In 1993, Margaret won a contest to write a weekly editorial page column in the Bismarck Tribune. Margaret’s research and integrity made her the most popular columnist for five years. Her columns were also syndicated through the North Dakota Newspaper Association and were printed in several weekly papers. During the legislative sessions, Margaret spent much time at the Capitol, digesting the issues and explaining them in understandable terms for the general public.
Margaret has been an active member of her community, serving as
• charter chairperson of Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater
• committee chair for the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association Festival of Trees
• 4-H leader
• member of the Burleigh County Committee for Reorganization of School Districts
• member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and
• member of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where she is active in various prayer groups and service activities.
Margaret has been married to David Sitte, who taught political science at Bismarck State College for more than 30 years, and they have four grown children.
Margaret is a hard worker, and she has community-wide name recognition. She has walked the district time and again, knocking on every door, listening to people’s concerns, responding to their issues, and sponsoring legislation on their behalf. She has the head, the heart, and the work ethic to represent the people of District 35.