Meet The Treasurer
Growing up in North Dakota, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt learned the values of hard work, keeping her word, and the importance of serving her community. Those are the same values that led her to public service and continue to guide her decisions as she represents the people of North Dakota.
Kelly Schmidt was elected North Dakota’s 33rd State Treasurer in November 2004. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Treasurer Schmidt has been committed to an administration focused on modernization, accuracy and transparency. She believes strongly in ideas of limited and efficient government and has spent her tenure as Treasurer working hard to ensure taxpayer dollars are used in an efficient and effective manner.
She has improved the Treasurer’s office with the implementation of computer technology and staff training. The Tax Distribution/Outstanding Check system has increased accuracy and productivity. Always believing “The people’s treasury is the people’s business,” Treasurer Schmidt has worked to provide analysis, data and bring transparency to the state treasury.
As State Treasurer, Schmidt serves as a member of the North Dakota State Investment Board, the Teachers Fund for Retirement Board (TFFR), State Canvassing Board, State Board of Tax Equalization, North Dakota State Historical Society, and the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands.
Recognized by her peers as a national leader, Treasurer Schmidt was elected and served as President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) in 2011. She is past Chair of the National Association of State Treasurer’s (NAST) Foundation which oversees the educational activities of the organization which include the New Treasurers Symposium, the International Project assisting Mexican Public Finance Officials as well as initiatives to promote financial literacy across the nation. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Jump$tart Coalition and the American Savings Education Council. In 2009, the Council of State Governments named her a “Toll Fellow” for her achievement and service to state government.
Kelly and her husband, Chuck, have four sons and four grandsons. They reside in Mandan, ND.