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ENG: Gaylord Kent Conrad (born March 12, 1948) is the senior United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. First elected to the Senate in 1986, he is currently chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. On January 18, 2011, Conrad announced that he would not run for re-election in 2012, but will instead retire. Conrad said in a statement that it was more important that "I spend my time and energy trying to focus on solving the nation's budget woes than be distracted by another campaign." Early life Conrad was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and lived much of his early life in Bismarck. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandparents. He attended Roosevelt Elementary and ...
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Kent Conrad


1. Gaylord Kent Conrad was born on March 12, 1948, in Bismarck, N.D., to Gaylord and Abigail Conrad. When Conrad was five years old, he survived a car accident that killed both of his parents. He was then raised by his grandparents. 2. Conrad graduated from Wheelus High School on an American Air Force base in Tripoli, Libya, where he lived for two years with family friends. He graduated from Stanford University in 1971 with a degree in politics and government. 3. Conrad worked for Democrat Byron Dorgan's unsuccessful House campaign in 1974. 4. He received his MBA from George Washington ...


Kent Conrad's Budget Angers Democratic Colleagues


Senate Democrats are furious at their lead budget negotiator for crafting a blueprint that they think moves the party too far to the right, a senior Democratic aide said. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has been bargaining for months in secret with Republicans in the so-called Gang of Six to craft a budget that might win bipartisan acceptance. On Tuesday, Conrad abruptly dropped the veil and rolled out his own offering for party colleagues -- to brutal reviews. "He's going to be a man without a country," the Democratic aide said, describing a contentious Tuesday briefing. The problem for ...


Kent Conrad to retire in 2012


North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad announced today that he will not seek reelection, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state. "After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012," Conrad said in a letter to constituents. "There are serious challenges facing our state and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America's dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection." President Obama said in a statement that ...


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Think the partisanship in the American political system is bad now? A generation ago it was even more pronounced and pessimistic.
Members of the 112th Congress Depart, Taking Their Quirks Along
From Senator Richard G. Lugar’s foreign policy expertise to Senator Kent Conrad’s bichon frisé, the expiring Congress has left its mark in ways large, small and weird.
Democrats Like a Romney Idea on Income Tax
With both parties positioning for negotiations on tax cuts and spending reductions, Democrats are latching on to an idea to raise taxes on the rich through a cap on deductions.
Recent Ex-Senators Find Soft Landings on Corporate Boards
Departing senators are finding that the life of an ex-lawmaker can be lucrative. In recent months, several have found spots in corporate boardroom, even if they have no direct business experience in the industries wooing them.



 
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