Blair Thoreson was born on May 6, 1964 in Fargo, North Dakota. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary.
Thoreson spent fourteen years employed in the telecommunications sector. He is now a small business owner. Additionally, Thoreson currently serves as the interim Executive Director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council/North Dakota Corn Growers Association. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Hospitality Association.
Since 1999, he has been a Republican state representative for North Dakota, representing the 44th Legislative District in Fargo. He serves as chairman of the House Appropriations – Government Operations committee. Additionally, he serves on the Administrative Rules, Budget Section, and Information Technology committees.
In February 2015, Thoreson was appointed by Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler to the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he previously served as public sector chair of the Communications and Technology task force. Additionally, Thoreson serves as vice-chair of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce committee with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and previously served on the executive committee of the Council of State Governments.
He is married to Jennifer Thoreson, and they have two children. They reside in Fargo, where they attend the First Lutheran Church.