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Byron L. Dorgan, U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011.  He served in the Senate Leadership for 16 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.  While in the Senate, he served on the Commerce, Energy, and Appropriations Committees.  He was Chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Indian Affairs, Energy, Aviation, and Energy and Water Appropriations. 

Senator Dorgan is now active in his post Senate life teaching, speaking, consulting, writing and much more.  Senator Dorgan is a Visiting Professor at two Universities lecturing on energy, economic policy and political affairs. He works part time as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Washington DC Law Firm Arent Fox. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC think tank, working primarily on energy issues. And he is Chairing a new program at the Aspen Institute – The Center for Native American Youth-- focusing on improving the lives of Native American children with an emphasis on teen suicide prevention.

The Senator is the author of two books. The first, a New York Times Bestseller book “Take this Job and Ship It,” and a second book released in 2009, “Reckless... How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America (And How We Can Fix It).” And he has a contract to write two more books with the first due to be published in March 2012.

Senator Dorgan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver. He is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children: Scott, Shelly (deceased), Brendon, and Haley.

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