In an interview with Vox, after he grew to become governor in 2016, Burgum acknowledged that he was conservative solely when it got here to economics. “I’m working as a reasonable on social points and as a fiscal conservative in a state that’s socially conservative however has seen authorities spending rise extra quickly than even our fast-growing financial system,” he stated. However since then, Governor Burgum supported a sequence of anti-trans legal guidelines in North Dakota, together with one which permitted lecturers and state authorities staff to chorus from utilizing the pronouns of their college students and coworkers.
He additionally signed a legislation banning transgender ladies from becoming a member of feminine sports activities groups in Okay-12 and faculty, supporting a complete of eight anti-trans legislature in 2023, greater than any state in a protracted sequence of anti-trans legal guidelines sweeping the nation. As for abortion, Burgum adopted the lead of different conservative states with strict laws on the process. Pregnant individuals can solely get an abortion if the fetus is a product of rape or incest or in a dire well being state of affairs. Nonetheless, an abortion can’t be obtained after six weeks, irrespective of the case.