|U.S. Senator from North Dakota|
From: December 15, 1992 - January 5, 2011
|U.S. Representative from North Dakota's At-Large District|
From: January 5, 1981 – December 15, 1992
Byron Dorgan, born May 14, 1942 (age 78), is a former Democratic United States Senator from North Dakota. He was re-elected to a third term in the Senate in 2004, although declined to run again in 2010. Previously he served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dorgan worked with the Democratic Leadership as an Assistant Democratic Floor Leader, and since 1998, as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy committee. At age 26, he was appointed to the office of State Tax Commissioner in North Dakota, and became the youngest person to hold that position.
Dorgan voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues eight-nine percent of the time during the 111th Congress. In 2005, investigations showed that Dorgan was a beneficiary of some of the largest campaign contributions made by associates and clients of Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist convicted of fraud; conspiracy and tax evasion.