SEN. BYRON DORGAN
[D] NORTH DAKOTA
Byron L. Dorgan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 after more than two decades of serving North Dakota as a State Tax Commissioner and in the U.S. House of Representatives.
BACKGROUNDDorgan was born May 14, 1942. He was raised in the farming community of Regent, North Dakota. His family worked in the farm equipment and petroleum business and raised cattle and horses.
He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of North Dakota in 1965 and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver. He later worked for a Denver-based aerospace firm.
At age 26, he became the youngest constitutional officer in North Dakota's history when he was appointed State Tax Commissioner by the Governor. He was later elected to that office in both 1972 and 1976, and was chosen as one of "10 Outstanding State Officials" in the United States by the Washington Monthly magazine.
SERVED SIX TERMS IN U.S. HOUSEIn 1980, Dorgan was elected to serve North Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives. In a 12-year House career, he led the fight for a strong farm program for family farmers and won passage for legislation to create jobs and spur economic development in rural America.
As an active member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dorgan put his mark on national economic issues by fighting for tax fairness and deficit reduction and to restrict wild speculative practices in the junk-bond market and through hostile take-overs, which were destroying jobs and thwarting needed capital investment. He also authored legislation, enacted into law, which put an end to the misuse of the Social Security Trust Fund and to get U.S. allies to pay their fair share of mutual defense costs.
ELECTED TO THE U.S. SENATEIn November 1992, Dorgan was elected by a wide margin to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. In the U.S. Senate, Dorgan serves as the Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and the Govermental Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Indian Affairs and Ethics Committees.