Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announces reelection bid

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread will run for a second term. Godfread called the office the greatest professional honor. Before he made the announcement official, Godfread thanked his wife Amanda for all of her sacrifices and helping raise their three kids while he’s served his first term.

“I really honestly couldn’t do this without her,” said Godfread.

There’s a number of issues facing North Dakota insurance. Godfread believes the Affordable Care Act will make it up to the Supreme Court, and if it is struck down, he says North Dakota is already working at the state level in case Congress doesn't act. North Dakota is part of a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the law, which survived a Supreme Court challenge in 2012.

“How do we provide protections for pre-existing conditions? What about open enrollment and some of the other pieces that I think people have come to expect from the ACA? Again those are policy decisions that will be handled by our legislature but we're certainly at the table having those discussions in crafting those laws in a way that are applicable to North Dakota,” said Godfread.

Insurance Commissioner isn’t the only title in Godfread’s sights. He expects to hear from the Guinness Book of World Records by the end of the year on whether he’ll be crowned the world’s tallest politician.

We reached out to Gov. Doug Burgum for a comment.

Mike Schrimpf, a political spokesman for Governor Burgum said:

“Gov. Burgum is not currently focused on candidate announcements, but he looks forward to working to elect reform-minded Republicans up and down the ballot next year.”