Kent Conrad

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Kent Conrad
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U.S. Senate, North Dakota
In office
1987-1993, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position (current service)22
Years in position (previous service)6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota Tax Commissioner
Bachelor'sStanford University, 1971
Master'sGeorge Washington University, 1975
Date of birthMarch 12, 1948
Place of birthBismarck, ND
Office website
Kent Conrad (b. March 12, 1948) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of North Dakota. Conrad was first elected to the Senate in 1986.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Conrad is a "centrist Democrat".[1]

Conrad is not running for re-election in 2012.[2] Four candidates are running in the June 12, 2012 primary.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Conrad's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1967: Attended the University of Missouri, Columbia
  • 1971: Graduated from Stanford University
  • 1975: Received a graduate degree from George Washington University
  • 1974-1980: Worked as assistant to the tax commissioner, Bismarck
  • 1981-1986: Served as tax commissioner, State of North Dakota
  • 1987-Present: U.S Senator from North Dakota

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
  • Budget
  • Finance
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
    • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
  • Indian Affairs
  • Taxation
  • Intelligence




See also: United States Senate elections in North Dakota, 2012

Conrad is not running for re-election in 2012. Heidi Heitkamp and Tom Potter are seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 12, 2012 primary. Rick Berg and Duane Sand are seeking the Republican nomination.


On November 7, 2006, Conrad won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Dwight Grotberg, Roland Riemers, and James Germalic in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, North Dakota General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKent Conrad Incumbent 68.8% 150,146
     Republican Dwight Grotberg 29.5% 64,417
     Independent Roland Riemers 1% 2,194
     Independent James Germalic 0.6% 1,395
Total Votes 218,152

Campaign donors


Conrad won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Conrad's campaign committee raised a total of $5,866,380 and spent $4,029,075.[6]

His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Conrad paid his congressional staff a total of $2,709,366 in 2011. He ranks 23 on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 31st overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, North Dakota ranks 17th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[7]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Conrad's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,447,043 and $3,461,000. That averages to $2,454,021.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[8]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Conrad votes with the Democratic Party 92.6% of the time. This ranks 33rd among the 51 Senate Democrats in 2011.[9]

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Conrad and his wife, Lucy Calautti, have one child, Jessamyn.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jocelyn Burdick
U.S. Senate - North Dakota
Succeeded by