Kathryn Helgaas Burgum became First Lady on December 15, 2016, when her husband Governor Doug Burgum was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of North Dakota.
As First Lady, Kathryn's priority is supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota's communities. Helping those struggling with addiction has been her passion for some time.
Her over 25-year career in human resources and marketing has spanned industries, including retail, printing, biotechnology, software, manufacturing, and real estate development.
Over her life, Kathryn has donated her time and leadership to many charitable endeavors including at-risk women and children, animal welfare, visionary artists and the arts, and addiction and recovery.
Kathryn grew up in Jamestown, N.D. where her family owned and operated the John Deere dealership, and where she held her first job working in the parts department. She graduated with honors from Jamestown High School, where she was involved in student council, choir, varsity tennis, and cheerleading.
She earned her undergraduate degree in retail business at Arizona State University and a master’s of business administration degree in human resources from the University of North Texas.
Kathryn enjoys reading, fishing, horses, snowboarding and is an avid college football fan.
The Governor and First Lady were married in 2016.