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Published January 10 2011

Dorgan reveals post-Senate plans

Now retired from the U.S. Senate, Byron Dorgan revealed Friday specifically what his plans are.

Dorgan has shared subtle details during the last several months, but this was the first official and complete word from the veteran Democrat about what his future holds.

“While I have retired from the Senate, I look forward to having a busy and interesting life,” Dorgan said. “I am excited to have these opportunities.”

According to a press release:

Dorgan will chair a new foundation at The Aspen Institute, a policy think tank. The foundation will focus on teen suicide prevention for American Indians and other challenges their at-risk youth face, such as substance abuse and accidental death.

In addition, Dorgan will be affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center, another think tank, where he’ll work on energy programs and other issues.

He has signed a contract with a publisher to write two more books, both fiction. The first one is due out later this year.

Dorgan also will do some public speaking through a speaker’s bureau and will be a visiting professor at both Georgetown University and his alma mater, the University of North Dakota. He will present lectures on government, political science, public affairs, and Congress at the two institutions several times a year.

Dorgan also will serve in a part-time role as a senior policy adviser at a top Washington, D.C., law firm.

Finally, Dorgan will also continue working to expand the Red River Valley Research Corridor, which he created and helped fund – with more than $750 million in federal aid – during his years in the Senate.

“Although I have chosen to leave public service, I intend to continue to be involved in some of the major projects in our state,” Dorgan said.

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