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Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.)

Policy Committee Chairman


Biography
Political Highlights: N.D. tax commissioner, 1969-80; Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1974; U.S. House, 1981-92; U.S. Senate, 1992-2011
Born: May 14, 1942; Dickinson, N.D.
Residence: Bismarck
Religion: Lutheran
Family: Wife, Kim Dorgan; four children (one deceased)
Education: U. of North Dakota, B.S. 1965; U. of Denver, M.B.A. 1966
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (3rd term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water - Chairman; Interior-Environment; Transportation-HUD); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security - Chairman; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Competitiveness, Innovation & Export Promotion; Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; National Parks; Water & Power); Indian Affairs

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2004generalByron Dorgan (D) 211,84368.3
Mike Liffrig (R) 98,55331.8
1998generalByron Dorgan (D) 134,74763.2
Donna Nalewaja (R) 75,01335.2
Harley McLain (REF) 3,5981.7
1992generalByron Dorgan (D) 179,34759.0
Steve Sydness (R) 118,16238.9
Tom Asbridge (I) 6,4482.1
1990generalByron Dorgan (D) 152,53065.0
Edward Schafer (R) 81,44335.0
1988generalByron Dorgan (D) 212,58371.0
Steve Sydness (R) 84,47528.0
1986generalByron Dorgan (D) 216,25876.0
Syver Vinje (R) 66,98923.0
1984generalByron Dorgan (D) 242,96879.0
1982generalByron Dorgan (D) 186,53472.0
1980generalByron Dorgan (D) 166,43757.0
Roll Call Vitals

28th

North Dakota is 28th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. Byron L. Dorgan has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.