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Published January 19 2011

What they said about Conrad's announcement

“He has shown an unmatched dedication to putting our country on a sound fiscal path and a commitment to meeting our nation’s energy challenges.”

– President Barack Obama

“He was just as comfortable speaking at a small-town cafe as he was speaking on the Senate floor about issues important to North Dakota and the nation. We’re all honored to have served with him.”

– State Sen. Ryan Taylor, D-Towner, Democratic-NPL legislative leader

“For three decades, Sen. Conrad has been a fighter for North Dakota, especially family farmers and working people, and our country, starting as tax commissioner right here in the Capitol. We will miss his service and his unparalleled knowledge of the budget, farm issues, water issues and energy.”

– State Rep. Jerry Kelsh, D-Fullerton

“Sen. Conrad has always been a bipartisan giant, readily reaching across the aisle to do what is right for North Dakota. There are few North Dakotans who have had a larger impact on our state and our nation than Sen. Conrad.”

– Mark Schneider, North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party chairman

“I want to thank Sen. Conrad for his many years of service to the people of North Dakota. He has worked very hard and deserves our thanks.”

– Brian Kalk, Public Service commissioner

“Sen. Conrad has served the state of North Dakota for many years, and over that time, he and I have had a good working relationship.”

– U.S. Sen. John Hoeven

“Of his years in public service, Sen. Kent Conrad will demonstrate his most important leadership in the next two years. Sen. Conrad’s leadership to the nation will now be at its best. I firmly believe he will go down in history as saving our way of life from financial collapse.”

– Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo

“I know that our state and country will miss his strong voice in the national debate about fiscal policy, defense, agriculture, and a host of other areas where he has been both a national leader and a strong advocate for North Dakota.”

– Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan

“His work to strengthen farms and rural communities has made a real difference for families in North Dakota, Minnesota and across the nation.”

– U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.