Pete lives in Casselton today with his wife Catherine. Their family includes sons Joshua and Christopher; daughter Amanda and daughter-in-law Rachel.
Pete Silbernagel is a native North Dakotan. He grew up as one of 15 children on the family farm near Linton. He graduated from Assumption Abbey High School in Richardton and from University of Mary in Bismarck. He also attended graduate school at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia.
Private Sector Experience
Being part of a large farm family Pete learned the "North Dakota Work Ethic” by digging in and doing his part in the family farming and ranching operations. Pete began his career working for North Dakota based Melroe Company. His career with Melroe included working in Gwinner, Bismarck, and Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, Pete worked for the Lilliston Corporation in Albany, Georgia as North American Sales and Marketing Manager. He returned to North Dakota to be President of Alloway Manufacturing in Fargo (an agricultural equipment manufacturer) for more than 10 years before joining TrueNorth Steel, also in Fargo. He has been part of the TrueNorth Steel management team for more than 14 years and he is currently President of the Corrugated Pipe Business Unit of TrueNorth Steel.
Pete’s career has spanned 40 years and has allowed him to learn business and operations management at many levels. This private sector career experience will enable him to represent the residents of North Dakota with a balanced perspective.
Public Sector Experience
Pete has many years of experience in the public sector arena. He has served 12 years on the Casselton City Council; as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation; as a member on church boards in Horace and Casselton and as a board member of the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association.
Why is Pete Running for the ND House from District 22?
Pete believes that a good citizen works hard, provides for his family, and should be engaged in the political process . He has always felt that the republican form of government is the best for our society.
“Successful government requires citizen participation. I want to engaged in the process through involvement. I have never been an apathetic person and I want to make our form of government stronger through participation. I want to do my part to ensure that the legacy we have inherited from those before us is passed on to the next generation. I feel strongly that if you do not participate in the process of government, the only alternative is to accept the actions of those who are involved. I prefer and want to be engaged in the process to try to make a difference.”
Part of a Proven Team
Senator Gary A. Lee Rep. Wes Belter Pete Silbernagel
Pete feels honored to be running with the experienced team of Senator Gary A. Lee and Representative Wes Belter. As a unified team they will represent District 22 well in Bismarck.
Why Pete's the Best Candidate
Pete Silbernagel brings a mix of lifelong experience in the private and public sector which has prepared him to understand both sides of many issues:
• Economic Development
• Job Creation
• Infrastructure Development
• State and Local Government Administration
• Public Services Administration
• Energy Policy
His 12 years as a Casselton city council member has given him real life experience representing local residents, working with budgets and staff, and contributing to keep the vibrant, growing community moving in a positive direction.