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Audrey Marie Cleary[1] (née Boucher; June 1, 1930 – February 5, 2019) was a Democratic-NPL politician who represented District 49 in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2003.[2]

Audrey Cleary
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
Serving with Bob Martinson, Jon Martinson
Preceded byConnie Johnsen
Succeeded byredistricted
Personal details
Audrey Marie Boucher

(1930-06-01)June 1, 1930
Menominee, Michigan
DiedFebruary 5, 2019(2019-02-05) (aged 88)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Political partyDemocratic–NPL
Spouse(s)Joseph Cleary
EducationMarquette University College of Nursing


Audrey Marie Boucher was born in Menominee, Michigan in 1930. She graduated from the Marquette University College of Nursing in 1952 and worked as a labor and delivery nurse for several years. In 1954, she married Joseph Cleary with whom she moved to Bismarck, North Dakota the next year. The Clearys raised eleven children in Bismarck.[1]

After all her children had moved out, Audrey Cleary, a longtime supporter of the Democratic–NPL Party, ran for her local seat in the North Dakota State House of Representatives.[2] She won her election and served in the 1991–1992 legislative session alongside Republicans Bob and Jon Martinson. In 2004, after North Dakota legislative district lines were redrawn, she was defeated in the new District 35 by Republican opponent Margaret Sitte.[3]

Audrey Boucher died in Bismarck on February 7, 2019, aged 88.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Audrey Cleary". The Bismarck Tribune. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b McCormack, Cheryl (February 6, 2019). "Celebrating the life of Audrey Cleary, former North Dakota legislator". The Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "District 49 (1993-2002)". North Dakota Legislative Branch. North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

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