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
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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.