BPC Senior Fellow and former U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a congressman and senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. He served in the Senate leadership for 16 years, first as assistant Democratic floor leader and then as chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.
He was chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of energy, aviation, appropriations, water policy and Indian affairs.
Senator Dorgan is now active in his post Senate life teaching, speaking, consulting, writing and much more.
He is a recognized leader in the fields of energy policy, economic issues, aviation policy, Indian issues, trade policy, health care and more.
Senator Dorgan is an adjunct and visiting professor at Georgetown University lecturing on energy, economic policy and political affairs. He works part time as a senior policy advisor with the Washington, D.C. law firm Arent Fox. He is also chairing a new program at the Aspen Institute – The Center for Native American Youth – that assists Native American Children with an emphasis on teen suicide prevention.
The senator is the author of four books. The first, a New York Times bestseller, Take this Job and Ship It, and a second book released in 2009, Reckless… How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America (And How We Can Fix It). He co-authored the novel Blowout that was published in 2012, and in July of 2013 he released a second book in this “eco-thriller” series titled Gridlock.
Senator 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, Shelly (deceased), Brendon, and Haley.