Byron Dorgan Is Retiring A Millionaire

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 06: U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) walks out of his office on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Senator Dorgan has recently announced that he will not seek re-election and retire after this year. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Listening to the Scott Hennen show today, one caller bemoaned how politicians go into public service and leave rich. The topic of the segment was Senator Byron Dorgan’s retirement, and Hennen said that he did respect Dorgan’s commitment to public service and the sacrifices he made for it.

I’m not sure how many sacrifices these guys are really making. For the purposes of claiming to be citizens of North Dakota, Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan each have an apartment in a complex in Bismarck they claim as their home. In reality, they live in mansions on the east coast.

Senator Kent Conrad’s $3.1 million beach house financed by a VIP loan was revealed, to raised eyebrows here in North Dakota, during the Countrywide scandal.

Senator Byron Dorgan, a lot of North Dakotans don’t know, is the owner of a $1.06 million dollar (according to tax records) mansion in McLean, VA. Here’s a picture of it courtesy of Google:

Agree or disagree with Byron Dorgan’s politics, public service has been very good for him. That and his wife’s lobbying activities for the life insurance industry which, I’m sure, has nothing to do with the fact that she shares pillow talk with a US Senator.

Rob Port

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