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  Dorgan, Byron
NameByron Dorgan
Address220 East Rosser Avenue Room 312
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501, United States
Born May 14, 1942 (80 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 22, 2013 08:38pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Lutheran - Straight -
InfoByron Dorgan was born in Dickinson and raised in the farming community of Regent, North Dakota. His family worked in the farm equipment and petroleum businesses and raised cattle and horses.

Byron led a typical, small town childhood, showing 4-H cattle at the county fair and being a Boy Scout. He graduated in a senior high school class of 9, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

An Outstanding State Official:
At age 26, the North Dakota Governor appointed Byron as State Tax Commissioner, making him the youngest person ever to hold constitutional office in the state. He honed his abilities to oversee the careful use of taxpayer dollars in this role. He was chosen one of America’s “10 Outstanding State Officials” by Washington Monthly magazine.

Taking Prairie Values to Washington:
Byron was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, and led the fight to strengthen family farms and create jobs. He brought his fiscal oversight skills to the nation’s capital, rooting out government waste. Byron shut down the junk bond and Savings & Loan schemes that were costing taxpayers billions.

Leading in the Senate:
In 1992, North Dakotans elected Senator Dorgan to represent then in the United States Senate. There he continued the fight against wasteful government spending, and became a leader on a wide range of issues important to North Dakota and the nation. His colleagues in the Senate recognized his leadership and named him to the key Senate Appropriations Committee. He now serves as the chairman of the Energy & Water Subcommittee. He also serves as Chairman of the influential Democratic Policy Committee in the Senate, a post from which he leads policy research and development activities for the Democratic Caucus, and makes sure issues important to North Dakota are placed on the national agenda. Senator Dorgan has other key committee assignments as well. He is a senior member of the Energy Committee, sits on the influential Commerce Committee and Chairs the Indian Affairs Committee.

Valuing Family:
Byron is married to Kim Olson Dorgan. They have two children, Brendon and Haley. An older son, Scott, and his wife Denise have given Byron the greatest gift – two grandchildren, Madison and Mason!

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 70.00% ( 5.0) 25.00% ( 5.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 65.00% ( 7.0) 30.00% ( 6.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
10/14/2005-10/16/2005 Survey USA 72.00% ( 2.0) 24.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 2.0)
06/10/2005-06/12/2005 Survey USA 70.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)

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Dec 02, 2005 09:10am Investigation Senator [Dorgan] Aided Abramoff Client, Used Skybox  Article Guy 
Nov 28, 2005 02:00pm Press Release Statement by U.s. Senator Byron Dorgan on Inaccurate News Story  Article RP 

Importance? 8.00000 Average


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