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Kent Conrad currently serves as the Sr. Senator for North Dakota

Kent Conrad, a Democrat, has represented the state of North Dakota in the Senate since 1992. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Kent Conrad voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Countrywide mortgage scandal

Senator Conrad was among the prominent politicians who may have received favorable mortgage deals from Countrywide, a mortgage lender at the heart of the current mortgage crises. According to an investigation conducted by Conde Nast's Portfolio, Countrywide's V.I.P program may have bent rules to offer Senator Conrad a better deal on a mortgage for a 8-unit apartment building in Bismarck, North Dakota he was seeking to purchase.

Iraq War

Conrad voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Bio

Background

Conrad was born on March 12, 1948 in Bismarck, North Dakota to German-American parents, but was orphaned and raised by his grandparents. He lived much of his early life in Bismarck, but also lived in Tripoli, Libya. He attended Roosevelt Elementary and Hughes Junior High and was a 1966 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. He went to college at Stanford University and received an MBA from George Washington University.

After graduating college, he became an assistant to the North Dakota tax commissioner, Byron Dorgan, who later became his colleague in the Senate. In 1980, Conrad succeeded Dorgan as tax commissioner from 1980 until 1986, when he ran for Senate.

Senate Career

In the 1986 election, Conrad defeated the Republican incumbent, Mark Andrews. During the campaign he gave a pledge that he would not run for re-election if the Federal Budget deficit had not fallen by the end of his term. By 1992 it became obvious that this would not be the case, and although polls showed that the electors would have welcomed him going back on his pledge, Conrad considered it binding and stood down. Byron Dorgan won the primary election to succeed him as Democratic candidate.

Conrad got an unusual opportunity to retain his senate position when the other North Dakota senator, long-serving Democrat Quentin N. Burdick, died on September 8, 1992. Burdick's widow Jocelyn Birch Burdick was appointed to that seat temporarily, but a special election was needed to fill the rest of the term. Conrad ran for and secured the Democratic nomination. He won the election and was sworn in December 5, 1992, resigning his other seat the same day. (The first seat was then filled by Dorgan, who was appointed by the governor to fill the seat for the brief interim until he would have been sworn in under normal circumstances.) [1]

Conrad was elected to another full term in 1994 and reelected in 2000. Conrad has been very vocal in his opposition to the tax and spending policies of the Bush Administration. He contends that they have worsened the problems of national debt.[2] Conrad is more moderate than many in his own party on the issues of abortion, gun control, and gay rights. He is one of the few members of the Democratic Party to have voted consistently in favor of banning the procedure commonly referred to as "partial-birth" abortion. He also opposes public funding of abortion.[3]

On January 31, 2006, Conrad was one of only four Democrats to vote in favor of confirming Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. [4]

He is opposed to most free-trade measures and is a strong supporter of farming subsidies. Conrad voted against approving use of military force in Iraq in 1991 and was one of only 23 senators to vote against the war resolution of 2002.[5]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Dwight Grotberg to face Conrad in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6] Conrad retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Kent Conrad. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
530 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3403
Phone:202-224-2043
Fax:202-224-7776
Web Email
Website

District Office- Bismarck:
United States Federal Building, Room 228
220 East Rosser Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-258-4648
TollFree: 800-223-4457
TTYD Number: 701-232-2139
Fax: 701-258-1254

District Office- Fargo:
United States Federal Building, Room 306
657 Second Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-232-8030
TollFree: 800-223-4457
TTYD Number: 701-232-2139
Fax: 701-232-6449

District Office- Grand Forks:
United States Federal Building, Room 104
102 North Fourth Street
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-775-9601
TollFree: 800-223-4457
TTYD Number: 701-232-2139
Fax: 701-746-1990

District Office- Minot:
United States Federal Building, Room 105
100 First Street Southwest
Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-852-0703
TollFree: 800-223-4457
TTYD Number: 701-232-2139
Fax: 701-838-8196

Articles and Resources

Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Caucuses:
Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Energy Science and Technology, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing Inspection and Plant and Animal Health, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Production Income Protection and Price Support, Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Energy Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Social Security Pensions and Family Policy, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Taxation IRS Oversight and Long-Term Growth, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1986
First Took Current Office:
December 14, 1992
Next Election:
November 6, 2012
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
North Dakota Tax Commissioner
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District Offices:
1. United States Federal Building, Room 228, 220 East Rosser Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-258-4648 / Fax: 701-258-1254
2. United States Federal Building, Room 306, 657 Second Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: 701-232-8030 / Fax: 701-232-6449
3. United States Federal Building, Room 104, 102 North Fourth Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-775-9601 / Fax: 701-746-1990
4. United States Federal Building, Room 105, 100 First Street Southwest, Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-852-0703 / Fax: 701-838-8196



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Date of Birth: March 12, 1948