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Kent Conrad
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U.S. Senate, North Dakota
Retired Senator
In office
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
Net worth$2,472,020
Office website
Kent Conrad (b. March 12, 1948) was a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of North Dakota. Conrad served in the Senate from 1987-2013.

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

Conrad did not run for re-election in 2012.[2] Heidi Heitkamp (D) won the November 6, 2012 election.[3]


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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


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Conrad voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



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

Conrad did not run for re-election in 2012. Heidi Heitkamp (D) defeated Rick Berg in the November 6, 2012, general election.


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.[6]

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.[7]

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 ranked 23 on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 31st overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, North Dakota ranked 17th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

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 2011 was estimated between $1,487,041 to $3,457,000. That averages to $2,472,020, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 0.73% from 2010.[9]


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.[10]

===National Journal vote ratings===


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Conrad ranked 39th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[11]

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.[12]

Recent news

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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
Heidi Heitkamp (D)