Byron Dorgan

Senior Policy Advisor
Senator Dorgan is a Senior Policy Advisor at Arent Fox and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Relations practice.
Byron Dorgan, Senior Policy Advisor, Washington, DC at Arent Fox

Senator Dorgan serves as Co-Chair, along with Congressman Phil English, of the firm’s Government Relations practice. He is recognized as having substantial knowledge in the areas of energy, transportation and infrastructure, taxation, technology, defense, national security, trade, and Indian affairs, and has been the author of major energy legislation as well as transportation and tax policies.

*Senator Dorgan is not a member of the legal practice.

Previous Work

Senator Dorgan served in the U.S. Senate leadership for 16 years as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. He has had a lengthy career in public service at both the state and federal levels, serving as State Tax Commissioner for North Dakota followed by 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Dorgan served for ten years on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee working on tax and health care issues. In the Senate, he served on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy Committee, and the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee. He was Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee, Chairman of a number of Appropriations subcommittees, and Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee.

In addition to the above, Senator Dorgan has been a Commissioner on the U.S./China Economic and Security Review Commission and a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC think tank; has served as an Adjunct Visiting Professor at Georgetown University in the McCourt School of Public Policy; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Former Members of Congress Organization.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Senator Dorgan is a New York Times Bestselling Author of five books:

  • Reckless! How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America
  • Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America
  • Blowout (a novel)
  • Gridlock (a novel)
  • The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America, publication date November 2019

Life Beyond the Law

Senator Dorgan is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children: Scott, Shelly (deceased), Brendon, and Haley.