A timeline of Dorgan’s life and political careerMay 14, 1942 : Born in Dickinson and raised in Regent, where his family worked in the farm equipment and petroleum business and raised cattle and horses.
May 14, 1942 : Born in Dickinson and raised in Regent, where his family worked in the farm equipment and petroleum business and raised cattle and horses.
1964 : Earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota. Two years later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
1967 : Served as North Dakota deputy tax commissioner.
1969 : Appointed North Dakota tax commissioner at age 26, the state’s youngest constitutional officer. Elected in 1972 and 1976.
1974 : Defeated in run for U.S. House of Representatives by Mark Andrews.
1980 : Elected to the U.S. House, serving six terms.
1992 : Elected to U.S. Senate. Re-elected in 1998 and 2004.
1998 : Named chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.
2002 : Proposed the creation of a Red River Valley Research Corridor to attract research funding and high-tech companies to North Dakota.
Jan. 5, 2010 : Announced he won’t seek re-election for his term that ends Jan. 3, 2011.