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Kent Conrad


Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 14, 1992
Serving with Byron Dorgan
Preceded by Jocelyn Burdick
In office
January 6, 1987 – December 14, 1992
Preceded by Mark Andrews
Succeeded by Byron Dorgan

Born March 12, 1948 (1948-03-12) (age 60)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Political party Democratic-NPL
Spouse Pam Schafer (divorced),
Lucy Calautti
Alma mater Stanford University
Religion Unitarian Universalist[1]

Gaylord Kent Conrad (b. March 12, 1948, Bismarck, North Dakota) is a 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. He is the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (553x703, 133 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Kent Conrad ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Official language(s) English Demonym North Dakotan Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th in the US  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Categories: People stubs ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Mark Andrews (born May 19, 1926) is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. ... Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota Coordinates: , Country State County Burleigh Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor John Warford Area  - City 27. ... Official language(s) English Demonym North Dakotan Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th in the US  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party (abbreviated Democratic-NPL or Dem-NPL) is a North Dakota political party affiliated with the Democratic Party of the United States. ... For other uses, see Alma mater (disambiguation). ... Stanford redirects here. ... The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota Coordinates: , Country State County Burleigh Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor John Warford Area  - City 27. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Official language(s) English Demonym North Dakotan Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th in the US  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party (abbreviated Democratic-NPL or Dem-NPL) is a North Dakota political party affiliated with the Democratic Party of the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ...

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Early years and education

Kent Conrad was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to German-American parents and lived much of his early life in Bismarck. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandparents. He attended Roosevelt Elementary and Hughes Junior High, and several years of high school in Tripoli, Libya. He graduated in 1966 from Phillips Exeter Academy, like his opposite on the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Judd Gregg. He went to college at Stanford and received an MBA from George Washington University. Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota Coordinates: , Country State County Burleigh Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor John Warford Area  - City 27. ... German Americans (German Deutschamerikaner) are citizens of the United States of ethnic German ancestry and currently form the largest ancestry group in the United States, accounting for 17% of the U.S. population. ... Tripoli (population 1 million, Arabic: Ţarabulus) is the capital of Libya. ... , Phillips Exeter Academy (most commonly called Exeter, Phillips Exeter or PEA) is a co-educational independent boarding school for grades 9–12, located on 619 acres in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S., fifty miles north of Boston [1]. In over two centuries of its existence, Phillips Exeter Academy has played... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ... Judd Alan Gregg (born February 14, 1947) is a former Governor of New Hampshire and current United States Senator serving as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... The George Washington University (GW), is a private, coeducational university located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The school was founded in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia by Baptist ministers using funds bequeathed by George Washington. ...


Conrad has been married twice. His first wife, Pam, is the sister of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer.[2][3] They had one daughter, Jessamyn. Following their divorce, Conrad married Lucy Calautti, a lobbyist for Major League Baseball. Edward Thomas Ed Schafer (born August 8, 1946), U. S. Republican Party politician, He served as Governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ...


Initial career

After graduating college, he became an assistant to the North Dakota tax commissioner, Byron Dorgan, who later became his colleague in the Senate. In 1980, Conrad succeeded Dorgan as tax commissioner. Conrad was state tax commissioner until 1986, when he ran for Senate. Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota. ...


Senate career

Elections

In the 1986 election, Conrad defeated the Republican incumbent, Mark Andrews, by 2,100 votes in what some may consider an upset; Andrews had represented North Dakota at the federal level since 1963 (he had previously served in the House before moving to the Senate in 1981). Mark Andrews (born May 19, 1926) is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. ...


During the campaign, Conrad pledged that he would not run for re-election if the Federal budget deficit had not fallen by the end of his term. By 1992 it became obvious that this would not be the case, and although polls showed that the electors would have welcomed him going back on his pledge, Conrad considered his promise binding and did not run for re-election. Dorgan won the Democratic primary election.


Conrad got an unusual opportunity to remain in the Senate when the other North Dakota senator, long-serving Dem-NPLer Quentin Burdick, died on September 8, 1992. Burdick's widow, Jocelyn Birch Burdick, was appointed to that seat temporarily, but a special election was needed to fill the rest of the term. As this was not running for re-election, Conrad ran for and secured the Democratic-NPL nomination. He won the special election and was sworn in December 14, 1992, resigning his other seat the same day. (The first seat was then filled by Dorgan, who was appointed by the governor on December 15, 1992 to fill the seat for the brief interim until he would have been sworn in under normal circumstances.) Quentin Northrup Burdick (19 June 1908 - 8 September 1992) was a United States Senator from North Dakota from 1960 until his death in 1992. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Categories: People stubs ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Despite North Dakota's Republican lean, Conrad was handily reelected in 1994 — a year in which marginal seats everywhere fell to Republicans. He hasn't faced serious opposition since.


Political positions

Conrad has been very vocal in his opposition to the spending policies of the Bush Administration. He contends that they have worsened the problems of national debt. Conrad is opposed to most free-trade measures and is a strong supporter of farming subsidies to family farmers. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Government debt (public debt, national debt) is money owed by government, at any level (central government, federal government, national government, municipal government, local government, regional government). ...


Conrad is more moderate than many in his own party on the issues of abortion and gun control. He is one of the few members of the Democratic Party to have voted consistently in favor of banning the procedure commonly referred to as "partial-birth" abortion. He also opposes public funding of abortion. However, Conrad voted in favor of lifting the ban on military base abortions.[4] On January 31, 2006, Conrad was one of only four Democrats to vote in favor of confirming Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Gun politics. ... The phrase partial-birth abortion is a controversial one used primarily by abortion opponents in the United States. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. ... The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the acronym SCOTUS[1]) is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary. ...


Conrad voted against approving use of military force in Iraq in 1991 and was one of only 23 senators to vote against the war resolution of 2002. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


In April 2006, he was selected by Time as one of "America's 10 Best Senators". TIME redirects here. ...


Conrad is widely known for being very detailed in his analysis of monetary policies and budget issues. He almost always uses charts, graphs, and other visuals at press conferences as well as on the Senate floor.[citation needed]


Kent Conrad was one of the very first Senators to have endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Race.


Countrywide Financial loan scandal

In June of 2008, it was reported that Senate Conrad had received mortgages on favorable terms for a second home and an apartment building due to his association with Countrywide CEO Angelo R. Mozilo. [5] Conrad has acknowledged he spoke Angelo Mozilo, the Countrywide CEO, by phone. [6] In an April 23, 2004, email about one of Senator Conrad loans, Mozilo encouraged an employee to “make an exception due to the fact that the borrower is a senator.” [7] Conrad denied any prior knowledge of such treatment and gave away the mortage discount to charity. [8] The New York Times was among many editorial pages appalled at Conrad's conduct in this episode. [1] Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has called on the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Conrad. [9] The Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC) (Countrywide Credit Industries until November 7, 2002) is the largest independent residential mortgage lending firm in the US. Business It writes, sells, and services mainly prime rate first mortgages for single-family homes through its Countrywide Home Loans subsidiary. ... Angelo R. Mozilo is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Countrywide Financial. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a Washington, DC-based advocacy organization which professes to fight corruption by U.S. government officials. ... The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics is a select committee of the United States Senate charged with dealing with matters related to senatorial ethics. ...


2006 re-election campaign

In 2006, Republicans heavily wooed popular Governor John Hoeven to face him. Hoeven was considered by many analysts to be the only Republican who could possibly defeat Conrad. However, Hoeven declined, effectively handing Conrad a fourth full term. The 2006 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota will be held November 7, 2006. ... The following is a list of governors of the state of North Dakota, United States. ... John Henry Hoeven III (born March 13, 1957), is a North Dakota banker and Republican politician who is most well known for his current tenure as the Governor of North Dakota. ...


The only Republican to file by the deadline was Dwight Grotberg, an Anderson town councilman and farmer from Sanborn in Barnes County. Dwight Grotberg is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Dakota against incumbant Democrat Kent Conrad. ... Sanborn is a city located in Barnes County, North Dakota. ... Barnes County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. ...


As of August 2006, Conrad had the highest approval rating among his constituents of any U.S. Senator, at 74% approval to only 21% disapproval, despite his being a Democrat in a historically Republican state.[10] The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... GOP redirects here. ...


Committee assignments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (or, less formally, Senate Finance Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... The U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Domestic & Foreign Marketing, Inspection, & Plant & Animal Health is one of four subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. ... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ... 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. ... The Joint Committee on Taxation is a Committee of the U.S. Congress established under the Internal Revenue Code. ...

Electoral history

Conrad is the only person ever to hold two U.S. Senate seats on the same day.[citation needed]


1986: United States Senate

Mark Andrews (born May 19, 1926) is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. ...

1994: United States Senate

  • Kent Conrad (D) (inc.) 58%
  • Ben Clayburgh (R) 42%

2000: United States Senate

Duane Sand Duane Sand (born May 8, 1965) is a North Dakota politician, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and a Navigation and Operations Officer during the Iraq War. ...

2006: United States Senate

  • Kent Conrad (D) (inc.) 68.8%
  • Dwight Grotberg (R) 29.5%
  • Roland Riemers (I) 1%
  • James Germalic (I) 0.6%

Dwight Grotberg is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Dakota against incumbant Democrat Kent Conrad. ...

See also

The 1992 Special United States Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held December 4, 1992 to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by the late Quentin Burdick. ... The 1994 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held November 2, 1994. ... The 2000 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held November 7, 2000. ... The 2006 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota will be held November 7, 2006. ...

References

  1. ^ Kent Conrad on the issues
  2. ^ Meet the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture
  3. ^ Bush nominates former North Dakota governor as Agriculture secretary (10/31/07) - www.GovernmentExecutive.com
  4. ^ Kent Conrad on Abortion
  5. ^ Countrywide's Many 'Friends' Conde Nast Portfolio, June 12, 2008
  6. ^ http://www.valleynewslive.com/artman2/publish/local_regional_news/6930.shtml
  7. ^ Countrywide's Many 'Friends' Conde Nast Portfolio, June 12, 2008
  8. ^ James R. Hagerty, Damian Paletta and Glenn R. Simpson, "Conrad, Dodd Deny Special Treatmant on Mortgages," Wall Street Journal June 14, 2008; Page A3
  9. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080613/ap_on_go_co/senators_vip_mortgages_4
  10. ^ http://www.surveyusa.com/50State2006/100USSenatorApproval060817Approval.htm

External links

  • United States Senator Kent Conrad, U.S. Senate site
United States Senate
Preceded by
Mark Andrews
United States Senator (Class 3) from North Dakota
January 3, 1987 - December 14, 1992
Served alongside: Quentin N. Burdick, Jocelyn Burdick
Succeeded by
Byron Dorgan
Preceded by
Jocelyn Burdick
United States Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
December 14, 1992 – present
Served alongside: Byron Dorgan
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Byron Dorgan
Tax Commissioners of North Dakota
19811987
Succeeded by
Heidi Heitkamp
Preceded by
Pete Domenici
R-New Mexico
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget
January 3, 2001January 20, 2001
Succeeded by
Pete Domenici
R-New Mexico
Preceded by
Pete Domenici
R-New Mexico
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget
June 6, 2001January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Don Nickles
R-Oklahoma
Preceded by
Judd Gregg
R-New Hampshire
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget
January 4, 2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kent Johanneson
Democratic-NPL nominee for United States Senator from North Dakota
(Class 3)

1986
Succeeded by
Byron Dorgan
Preceded by
Quentin N. Burdick
Democratic-NPL nominee for United States Senator from North Dakota
(Class 1)

1992, 1994, 2000, 2006
Succeeded by
Most recent
Order of precedence in the United States of America
Preceded by
Kit Bond
R-Missouri
United States Senators by seniority
27th
Succeeded by
Herb Kohl
D-Wisconsin
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