BISMARCK, ND - It's official- North Dakota's insurance commissioner Jon Godfread is now the tallest male politician in the world. Godfread's official measurement was 210.7 centimeters, or a little over 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Godfread says the whole process was fun and with his new title, there's not a whole lot different yet.
Process truly is the best word for it. Godfread had to get measured three times in October, standing up and laying with witnesses. Then the record was an average of the standing measurements. Godfread takes the honor from New York Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. Both were former basketball players, but Godfread isn't taking this for a trophy.
“If someone learns there's an insurance commissioner's office that they can turn to for help then it's certainly worth it, but it's also a lot of fun in the meantime,” said Godfread.
Cornegy Jr. provided a statement about Godfread taking his spot:
“Sometimes winning means that you have to give up the title. Congratulations to Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on being named “World’s Tallest Politician!” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36 Brooklyn) “It was an honor to hold the title, and bring some attention to the work we’re doing in Brooklyn. I hope to have inspired young people to know that what you look like does not define your capabilities.”
Godfread has challenged Cornegy Jr., a member of St. John’s University’s 1984-85 Final Four team, to a 1-on-1 scrimmage of the big men. But Godfread also laid out his ND elected official starting lineup.
No Surprise, he would be the center. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was the next pick, probably at the power forward spot. State Auditor Josh Gallion, would be the small forward. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, she's the shooting guard and Governor Doug Burgum would be the point guard. Godfread added Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger as the sixth man.