Former ND Governor George Sinner dies
FARGO (AP) — Former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner, who led the state during turbulent economic times, has died. He was 89.
His son, George Sinner Jr., confirmed his death Friday.
The Fargo native studied philosophy in college and considered becoming a priest. But family and public service beckoned.
The father of 10 children became a well-known Democrat, serving in the Legislature before defeating an incumbent Republican governor.
His administration, from 1984 through 1992, spanned a rough periods in North Dakota’s economy, including drought and slumping oil prices. Sinner even endorsed a special day of prayer for rain.
He vetoed what would have been the country’s toughest abortion law in 1991, saying he agreed with the Roman Catholic view that abortion was wrong but believed the issue was the role of law.