Erica Thunder appointed as new North Dakota labor commissioner

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Erica Thunder as the new North Dakota labor commissioner. Thunder has been a judicial systems administrator for the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission since the end of 2016, playing a key role in the Commission's substantial progress in strengthening tribal partnerships.

Thunder says she's just taking it all in right now.

​"I'm very much in that listening and observing type of moment where I'm just getting to know strengths and needs, but it's a wonderful department. It's exceptionally strong," said Erica Thunder, Soon to be Commissioner of Labor.

​Her appointment begins on June 3.