Jessica Haak was born and raised in Jamestown, and graduated from Jamestown College in 2008. It was her honor and privilege to be elected to represent her friends and neighbors in 2012. In the legislature, she has fought to fight wasteful spending, keep taxes low, and stand up for our seniors and veterans.
During her first term she served on the Finance and Tax committee where she fought for fairness in taxes for seniors and the working people of Jamestown. Jessica also serves on the Agriculture committee where she stood up for family farmers and consumers across North Dakota. And Jessica has worked with local leadership to help meet the needs of education in Jamestown.
Jessica also serves on the newly formed Human Trafficking Commission. She worked with colleagues across the aisle to help secure funding to assist victims of human trafficking, helping them get back on their feet, and assist law enforcement prosecute the people who are committing these heinous crimes.
Jessica worked with colleagues from both parties to bring about common sense legislation for North Dakota families, including a bill that would allow parents who adopt children to have the same leave time as parents who give birth to a child.
Since 2009, Jessica has worked for the North Dakota Farmers Union as the Members Operations Supervisor, where she works on her passion for family farmers and agriculture.
Jessica graduated from Jamestown College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While in college, Jessica began a Habitat for Humanity chapter so students and advisers could travel the country and spend their spring break building homes for families in need. The chapter is still going strong. In college, Jessica interned for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad’s office in Washington D.C.
Jessica’s parents were long-time area teachers. James and LuCinda Haak taught in the Jamestown Public School system, at the State Hospital, and in the Montpelier School system. They currently live in Herreid, South Dakota. James continues to teach Special Education in Linton, ND and LuCinda is now a Pastor for the UCC Church in Eureka, South Dakota. Jessica has two sisters Victoria and Paulina. Victoria (Haak) Clark now resides in Dickinson with her husband and their three children. Paulina is currently a University of Jamestown student and a member of the Jimmie Track & Field team.
Jessica has served on the United Way of Stutsman County board since 2011. She volunteers for the Safe Shelter, drove Meals on Wheels for nearly 4 years, and coached one year of Special Olympics volleyball. Jessica served three years as a Deacon at the United Church of Christ in Jamestown, where she has been a lifelong member.
Jessica lives in the heart of Jamestown with her boyfriend, his two daughters, and her dog. Here’s a video about why Jessica Haak ran for the North Dakota House of Representatives to represent Jamestown.