House Years of Service: (1980- 1992)
Senate Years of Service: 1992-2011
DORGAN, Byron Leslie, a Representative and a Senator from North Dakota; born in Dickinson, Stark County, N. Dak., May 14, 1942; attended the public schools; B.S., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks 1964; M.B.A., University of Denver 1966; tax commissioner, State of North Dakota 1969-1980; delegate, North Dakota State Democratic conventions 1969-1981; elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives in the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980 and to the five succeeding congresses; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1992 to the term beginning January 1993; appointed by the Governor to begin serving on December 14, 1992, to fill the vacancy left by Senator Kent Conrad, who assumed the seat left vacant by the death of Quentin Northrop Burdick, and took the oath of office on December 15, 1992; reelected in 1998 and again in 2004, and served from December 14, 1992, to January 3, 2011; chair, Democratic Policy Committee (One Hundred Sixth through One Hundred Eleventh Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses). During his tenure, he also served as Chairman of numerous subcommittees including the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation; the Energy Subcommittee on Energy & Power, and the Subcommittee on National Parks; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, and the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal & General Government. He was a Ranking Member on a number of other subcommittees as well. He served on the Joint Economic Committee and was Co-Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
While in the U.S. House, Congressman Dorgan was a member of the Ways and Means Committee from 1982 to 1992. He also served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Select Committee on Hunger. He was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2010.
Private Sector Career:
In 2011, after retiring from the Senate, he joined the Arent Fox law firm as a Senior Policy Advisor and is Co-Chair of the Government Relations Practice.
In 2011 he also became a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC think tank. He serves as the Co-Chair of the BPC Energy Project.
From 2011 to present he has been an Adjunct Visiting Professor at Georgetown University where he guest lectures on government policy to graduate level students at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
In 2016 he was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Dorgan is a New York Times Bestselling Author. His books include the NYT bestseller “Take This Job and Ship It!”, “Reckless… How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America (And How We Can Fix It)”. He also co-authored two novels, “Blowout” and “Gridlock”.
He created and founded a non-profit organization called the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) dedicated to improving the lives of Native American young people. The Center focuses its work on educational opportunities, teen suicide prevention and community building.
He serves on a number of Boards and Commissions including the Board of Governors of the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois as well as several corporate boards.
He is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children and two grandchildren: Scott (wife Denise, children Madison and Mason), Shelly (deceased) Brendon (wife Carolyn) and Haley.