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Kristen Daum, Published January 06 2010

UPDATED: Pomeroy plans to seek re-election to North Dakota's House seat

FARGO — Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy said today that he plans to seek re-election to his congressional seat this fall.

During a news conference, Pomeroy said he was stunned when Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan announced late Tuesday afternoon that said he would not seek re-election this year.

Pomeroy had been named as a possibility to become the Democratic candidate for the Senate race, a notion he dismissed earlier today. Pomeroy's congressional seat is also up for election when voters go to the polls in November.

Pomeroy said he called the news conference to discuss his 2010 plans because he had received numerous calls inquiring about his intentions once Dorgan announced his Senate retirement.

"For me the question is: How can I best represent North Dakota? And there’s no question in my mind I can best advance our interests as a senior member of the House with positions of senior responsibility under those powerful committees," said Pomeroy, who sits on the House Ways & Means Committee, among other assignments.

Pomeroy added that if he ran for the Senate seat, it would mean two of North Dakota's three delegation seats would be filled by freshman members of Congress - which would diminish the state delegation's influence in Washington.

"We would have gone from a position where we have powerful chairmanships held by each of our Senate positions and a senior status on the Ways & Means Committee to a position where we would have a brand-spanking new houseman and a brand-spanking new senator," Pomeroy said.

Read more on this story in Thursday’s Forum.