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Byron Dorgan
Junior Senator, North Dakota
Term of office:
1992–Present
Political party: Democratic-NPL
Preceded by: Kent Conrad
Succeeded by: Incumbent (2011)
Born: May 14, 1942
Regent, North Dakota
Spouse: Kim Dorgan
Religion: Lutheran

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 Vice Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. Image File history File links Byron_Dorgan_official_photo. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Democratic-Nonpartisan League (abbreviated Democratic-NPL or Dem-NPL) is a North Dakota political party affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ... Kent Conrad (born on March 12, 1948) is a United States senator from North Dakota. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Regent is a city located in Hettinger County, North Dakota. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Seal of the U.S. Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the House of Representatives. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Democratic-Nonpartisan League (abbreviated Democratic-NPL or Dem-NPL) is a North Dakota political party affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Since 1947, the Democratic members of the United States Senate have elected a policy committee chairman. ... The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is responsible for dealing with matters related to the American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples. ...

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Early life and career

Born in Regent, North Dakota, Dorgan 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 (being re-elected every two years). Regent is a city located in Hettinger County, North Dakota. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The University of North Dakota (UND) is a comprehensive institution of higher learning in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. Founded in 1883, it is the largest and oldest such institution in the state of North Dakota. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... The University of Denver (DU) is an independent, coeducational, four-year university in Denver, Colorado. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ...


United States Senate

In 1992 he ran for the U.S. Senate when the Democratic incumbent, Kent Conrad (winner of a special election to fill the remaining term of North Dakota's deceased senior Senator Quentin N. Burdick) did not run. Dorgan won the election. He took office a few weeks early, in December 1992, when North Dakota's governor appointed him to fill the rest of Conrad's term. Dorgan was re-elected in 1998 and 2004. The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Kent Conrad (born on March 12, 1948) is a United States senator from North Dakota. ... Quentin Northrup Burdick (19 June 1908 - 8 September 1992) was a United States Senator from North Dakota from 1960 until his death in 1992. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Results -- light red represents Republican holds, dark red Republican pickups, light blue Democratic holds, dark blue Democratic pickups. ...

Sen. Dorgan disucssing Veteran Health Care issues with representatives of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Sen. Dorgan disucssing Veteran Health Care issues with representatives of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

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. He has introduced, with varying levels of success, several amendments to end the U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, and to terminate funds for anti-Castro broadcasting. Dorgan has also opposed most bills "liberalizing" trade policies between the USA and other countries. He has a mixed record on civil lawsuit issues, voting against the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Class Action Lawsuit Fairness Act of 2005, but voting in favor of the failed Common Sense Product Liability and Legal Reform Act and legislation to shield gun manufacturers and distributors from lawsuits. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1028x771, 433 KB) http://dorgan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1028x771, 433 KB) http://dorgan. ...


In 2006 he was a major supporter of Net Neutrality legislation in the Senate. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Network neutrality. ...


He is briefly featured in Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, in which he discusses the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was not being interviewed by Moore. Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American political-activist, a film director, author, social commentator, and political humorist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fahrenheit 9/11 is an award-winning and controversial documentary film by American filmmaker and anti-war activist Michael Moore, which had a general release in the United States and Canada on June 25, 2004 in the run up to that years presidential election. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


His book Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America, about the impact of outsourcing on the economy of the United States, was published in 2006. On October 4th, 2006, he appeared on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central to discuss his book, and his views on American labor. The Colbert Report (pronounced )[1] is an American satirical television program on Comedy Central that stars comedian Stephen Colbert, best known previously as a senior correspondent for The Daily Show. ...


Dorgan is married to the former Kimberly Olson. They have had four children, Scott, Brendon, Haley, and Shelly, who is deceased.


Jack Abramoff Controversy

In November 2005, Dorgan was accused of receiving campaign contributions arranged by controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Because Dorgan is the top Democrat on the committee investigating Abramoff, questions were raised about a possible conflict of interest. Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Al Jazeera bombing memo • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Black sites scandal • Conservative leadership race (UK) • Fuel prices • Irans nuclear program • Jilin chemical plant explosions • Kashmir earthquake • Malawi food crisis • Malaysian prisoner abuse scandal • New Delhi bombings investigation • Niger food crisis • North Indian cyclone... ÷ It has been suggested that Category:Jack Abramoff scandals be merged into this article or section. ... A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, a politician, or an executive or director of a corporation, has competing professional and/or personal interests. ...


In a statement released on November 28, 2005, Dorgan responded by asserting that he has never personally met Jack Abramoff, nor has he ever received money from Abramoff. Dorgan did acknowledge receiving money from Abramoff's clients, but the donations began prior to their involvement with Abramoff. Dorgan's statement went on to say that he has supported the programs that benefited Abramoff's clients years prior to the contribution. November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Dorgan's statement pointed out other errors in the news reports, such as correcting who made a call to the Department of the Interior and for what purpose. The news reports claimed that one of Dorgan's staff members made the call in order to express support for the program that benefited Abramoff's clients, whereas in reality it was a staff member for the Chairman of the Interior Subcommittee who made the call, and the call was made in opposition to the program. The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is a Cabinet department of the United States government that manages and conserves most federally-owned land. ...


On December 13, 2005 Dorgan announced that he was returning all donations from Abramoff's clients as a precaution that the contributions may have been directed or requested by Abramoff [1]. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Writings

  • Dorgan, Byron Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America Thomas Dunne Books (July 25, 2006) ISBN 0-312-35522-X
  • Dorgan, Byron (editor) Electric Transmission Infrastructure and Investment Needs: Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate Diane Pub Co (January 2003) ISBN 0-7567-2997-1

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Preceded by:
Edwin O. Sjaasstad
Tax Commissioner of North Dakota
1969–1980
Succeeded by:
Kent Conrad
Preceded by:
Mark Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-large congressional district

1981–1992
Succeeded by:
Earl Pomeroy
Preceded by:
Kent Conrad
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Dakota
1992 – present
Incumbent
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Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota.
Dorgan is married to the former Kimberly Olson.
On December 13, 2005 Dorgan announced that he was returning all donations from Abramoff's clients as a precaution that the contributions may have been directed or requested by Abramoff [1].
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