JoNell Bakke

JoNell is a wife, mom, foster mom, grandma, and former teacher who believes that education is key to our state’s successful future.


Investing in public education & higher education

Preventing domestic violence

Protecting senior citizens rights

About JoNell

Serving my constituents has been an honor. I ask for your vote to continue to be your voice for District 43 and the silenced people in our state. I know that I am heard in the Senate and that I do make a difference. 

I will continue to work for affordable childcare, quality education for pre-K through high school, affordable healthcare and mental health services, infrastructure improvements for bridges, roads and broadband, renewable energy resources, paid family leave, a living wage and property tax reform. 

I have extensive Legislative Committee Experience in Education, Transportation, Political Subdivision Committees, Long Term Care, Judicial Process, Human Services and Education committees, Judiciary Committee and Transportation, Human Services, Higher Education, Worker’s Compensation Review, and Education Funding and the K-12 Education Commission.

I am a parent, grandparent, foster parent, teacher, and mentor that cares about how we live and work. My community experience with multiple boards and committees gives me the insights to legislation that makes a positive difference for all people.

I received Elementary and Special Education Degrees and a Special Education Master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. My husband Greg and I enjoy traveling and watching our four children and seven grandchildren grow and prosper in our wonderful state.