Lance Gaebe assumed the responsibilities as the Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands in 2010.
Previously he served as a deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor to then Governor John Hoeven, where he worked on agriculture, water issues, emergency management, transportation, energy, parks and other natural resource issues.
Prior to joining the Hoeven administration in 2001, Gaebe was executive director of the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, where he was responsible for administering the state's value-added agriculture business grant and ethanol incentive program.
Earlier in his career, Gaebe served as the executive officer for several agricultural commodity groups, including the North Dakota Grain Growers Association, the Pea and Lentil Growers Association, the North Dakota Buffalo Association and the North Dakota Ag Coalition.
Gaebe grew up on his family's dairy farm near New Salem, ND. He earned both a degree in agriculture and a Masters of Business Administration from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He, his wife Terryl and their two daughters Brynn and Annika, live in Bismarck and they operate a part-time wheat and soybean farm in Polk County, MN.