Julie Fedorchak is a fourth generation North Dakotan who brings to the Public Service Commission 20 years of state policy experience including serving as a senior advisor for Governor Ed Schafer and state director for U.S. Senator John Hoeven.
The youngest of eight children, Julie was born in Williston, completed elementary and junior high school in Fargo and graduated from high school in Bismarck. She spent many summers on her family’s farm and ranch south of Stanley, N.D, fixing fence, painting buildings and riding horse. She attended the University of North Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1990. Her upbringing in the east, west and central part of the state gives Julie a unique understanding and appreciation for all regions of North Dakota.
Julie’s work ethic and common sense come from here parents, Duane and Doris Liffrig, children of American immigrants who grew up on western North Dakota farms during the Great Depression. Duane worked multiple jobs to put himself through college and took extra credits to finish in three years. He and Dorie started their family together in Williston with very little money but a firm belief that by working hard, living frugally and investing in their community they could provide a good life for their growing family and make a difference for others.
“I am eternally grateful to my parents for the values they instilled in me growing up,” Julie said. “We gained a high tolerance for hard work and learned the great satisfaction of doing a job well.”
Julie’s broad understanding of state government and North Dakota’s leading industries gives her a firm foundation for serving effectively on the Public Service Commission. Julie is responsible for the electric regulation and siting portfolios, two of the most active areas at the Commission. Julie takes a common sense approach to problem solving and brings to the Commission a commitment to openness and accessibility for the public.
Julie’s background also includes a decade in the private sector where she managed Liffrig Communications, an independent communications firm that served a diverse mix of private and public clients statewide. Julie was a featured semi-weekly columnist for the Bismarck Tribune for four years and collaborated with her mother on three books: I’m Strong. I can Make It and Growing Up Rich in a Poor Family Volumes I and II.
Julie is married to Mike Fedorchak of Minot, a Navy veteran who moved to Minot in grade school when his father was assigned to the Minot Air Force Base. Julie and Mike have three children and live in Bismarck where they are involved in many organizations including youth soccer, football and baseball, the Bismarck Figure Skating Club, and Cathedral of the Holy Spirit school and parish. Julie also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Mary.