Senator Byron Dorgan was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2017. Senator Dorgan served six terms in the U.S. House and three terms in the U.S. Senate. In 2010 he announced that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate and he retired after serving thirty years in Congress.
Senator Dorgan served in the U.S. Senate for eighteen years from 1992 to 2011. He served in the Democratic Leadership from 1994 to 2011, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.
He was a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Commerce Science and Technology Committee, and the Indian Affairs Committee.
He was Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. 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.
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” which were classified as eco-thrillers dealing with energy challenges.
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. Among a variety of outreach efforts, the Center conducts youth summits on Indian Reservations across the country and works to bring national awareness to challenges and successes of Native youth.
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.
Commissioner Dorgan has a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver. He is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children: Scott (wife Denise, children Madison and Mason), Shelly (deceased), Brendon and Haley.