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FILE - Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, speaks about Keystone XL, in this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor of the bill in the Senate, urged the president to approve the project. The pipeline would carry oil harvested from Canada’s tar sands to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Republican John Hoeven running for second term in US Senate

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is seeking a second term in Congress’ upper chamber in 2016.

Don Larson, a spokesman for Hoeven’s office, said Saturday that North Dakota’s Republican senior U.S. senator will run again, but said the campaign is in its very early stages.

He interrupted his third term as governor of the state to run for the U.S. Senate spot during the 2010 elections, beating out Democrat Tracy Potter with 76 percent of the vote.

Hoeven has been a strong backer of the Keystone XL pipeline and was the chief sponsor of the Senate legislation to greenlight the project.

He serves on committees that deal with agriculture, appropriations, Native American affairs and energy and natural resources.

In related news, Hoeven: Keystone backers will find way to approve pipeline.

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