5 things to know about Republican presidential candidate Doug Burgum

5. Burgum worked as a chimney sweep to pay for college and later founded a billion-dollar company 

Burgum’s campaign website details his personal experience with small-town values. “As a freshman in high school, his life changed forever,” the website explained. “Doug was pulled off the team bus and told his dad was dying. The community rallied around the family, and his mother went back to work. Doug learned the importance of grit and determination from his parents and still cherishes the small-town values that shaped his childhood.”

The candidate’s website also states that “Doug worked his way through college, including as a chimney sweep.” While describing the work as “dangerous,” Burgum’s online biography highlighted that “it paid $40 per chimney, which was a lot more than minimum wage.” It cites his experience as a chimney sweep as an example of how Burgum “lived the values of hard work and taking initiative — and still does.”

Burgum’s biography outlines how, after college, the governor became a “world-class business leader” by growing “a small start-up business in North Dakota into a worldwide, billion-dollar company.” It says that “he ignored the naysayers who said you couldn’t build a tech company in North Dakota and created over 2,000 high-paying jobs with employees from over 220 towns in North Dakota.” 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at:

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