Incumbent Representative John Barker is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on both the House Appropriations and Education Committees. Barker is a farmer and Army veteran, and served 25 years as a judge for the Eighth Judicial District. and served as retired district court judge. Barker and his wife, April, live in Dickinson County, where they raised two children.
Barker did not respond to phone calls requesting an interview by press time.