Rosemarie Lohse was born in 1929 in Minot, North Dakota. She graduated from Fargo Central High School, after which she attended North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC: now known as North Dakota State University). She graduated from NDAC in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She married John Myrdal on June 21, 1952, in Fargo. The couple farmed near Edinburg, North Dakota, and raised five children.
Rosemarie Myrdal was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1984. A member of the Republican Party, she served until 1992. In 1992, she was elected as North Dakota Lieutenant Governor, serving alongside Governor Ed Schafer. The duo won re-election in 1996, with a higher percentage of the vote than in 1992. They chose not to run for re-election in 2000.
Both before and after her retirement from public office, Myrdal was involved with numerous organizations and community groups. These include: the Edinburg School Board, the Icelandic Communities Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the North Dakota Diabetes Association, the North Dakota Library Coordinating Council, Preservation North Dakota, and Red River Resource Conservation and Development.
Rosemarie Myrdal died on October 11, 2023. She is buried at the Gardar Cemetery.
North Dakota Blue Book: 1989, 1995, 1999
Donation; Acc. 2009-2967
The Rosemarie Myrdal Papers date from 1966 to 2016 and have been divided into six series.
Series 1: Personal
Series 2: Legislative
Series 3: Lieutenant Governor
Series 4: Volunteer Activities
Series 5: Photographs
Series 6: Oversize Materials and Artifacts