Byron Dorgan

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Byron Dorgan
U.S. Junior Senator, North Dakota
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

December 15, 1992
Serving with Kent Conrad

Preceded by Kent Conrad
Born May 14, 1942
Spouse Kim Dorgan
Religion Lutheran

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Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. In the Senate, he is Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Senator Dorgan announced on January 5, 2010 that he would not seek reelection in 2010.



Dorgan was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, the son of Dorothy (née Bach) and Emmett Patrick Dorgan, and was raised in Regent, North Dakota.[1] He earned a B.S. from the University of North Dakota in 1964 and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver in 1966. He served as tax commissioner of North Dakota from 1969 until 1980, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, of which he was a member from 1981 until 1992.

In 1992, the Democratic incumbent, Kent Conrad opted not to run for re-election because of a campaign promise. Dorgan won the election for the seat. However, that September the state's other senator, Quentin Burdick, died and Conrad ran for the seat in the special election. Conrad took the new seat in 1992 and Dorgan assumed Conrad's old seat a few weeks early. Dorgan was re-elected in 1998 and 2004. Conrad later was elected for a full term from North Dakota's other Senate seat.

As chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, Dorgan is one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate. In recent years he has been increasingly sought by the national media for comment on political issues. He is a strong opponent of U.S. policy toward Cuba.


  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Chairman
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Chairman
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power

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