At a Glance
- Career History:
Insurance Commissioner (1984-1992); vice president and president, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (1989, 1990); North Dakota state representative (1980-1984); attorney (1979-1984)
- Birthday: Sept. 2, 1952
- Hometown: Valley City, N.D.
- Alma Mater: University of North Dakota, B.A., 1974, J.D., 1979
- Spouse: Mary
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Committees: Agriculture, Ways and Means
- DC Office: 1501 Longworth House Office Building, 202-225-2611
- State/District Office: Bismarck, 701-224-0355; Fargo, 701-235-9760
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Path to Power
Born in Valley City, N.D., in 1952, Pomeroy is the son of a housewife and a farm retailer.
Pomeroy attended Valley City State University before transferring to the University of North Dakota. In 1974, he served as a driver for Byron Dorgan's (D) unsuccessful House run. (Dorgan would win in 1980). Upon receiving his law degree at U-N.D. in 1979, Pomeroy returned to his hometown where he practiced law for five years.
Though a member of the centrist Blue Dog Democrats and historically an independent voter, Pomeroy has voted more in line with his party in recent years. During the 111th Congress, he voted with Democrats 98.2 percent of the time.
Pomeroy has been vocal in pursuing disaste- relief bills and creating flood prevention system along the Red River. Following the 1997 floods which inundated parts of North Dakota and Minnesota, Pomeroy wa key to garnering $1 billion in federal disaster aid for the region. Following the floods, Pomeroy helped secure $400 million for a permanent flood protection system for Grand Forks. Following the March 2009 floods in the Fargo area, Pomeroy began pushing for a permanent levee system for the city, which could cost $500 to $800 million.
North Dakota's only representative is closely linked with both other members of its congressional delegation, Dorgan and Conrad.