|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-large district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Byron Dorgan|
|Succeeded by||Rick Berg|
|Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota|
January 1, 1985 – December 15, 1992
|Preceded by||Jorris Wigen|
|Succeeded by||Glenn Pomeroy|
September 2, 1952 |
Valley City, North Dakota, U.S.
|Political party||North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party|
|Alma mater||Valley City State University
University of North Dakota
Earl Pomeroy (born September 2, 1952) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's at-large congressional district from 1993 to 2011. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. He currently works for the health care lobbying division of Alston & Bird.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 State government
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Political campaigns
- 6 Post-Congressional career
- 7 Personal life
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life, education and career
Pomeroy was born in Valley City in Barnes County in eastern North Dakota. He attended Valley City State University where he was initiated as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and later transferred to the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and went on to do graduate research in legal history at Durham University in England. Pomeroy returned to North Dakota to attend the University of North Dakota School of Law, having received his Juris Doctor law degree in 1979.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Ways and Means
Caucuses and coalitions
- Co-Chair of the bipartisan Rural Health Care Coalition
Although he supported authorizing force in Iraq in 2002, he has increasingly spoken out against the war. Earl Pomeroy supported the House resolution opposing George W. Bush's troop surge plan in February 2007. He said in a floor speech, "We take care of our soldiers over [in Iraq] by making sure their deployments are only for acceptable periods and at acceptable intervals, with enough time at home in between to heal, to rest, and to train. But beyond these things, we take care of our soldiers over there when we as a Congress make certain the mission they have sent to perform has a reasonable chance of success.
"In a war where so many tragic mistakes have been made, this Congress must not sit quietly by while additional plans are cooked up in Washington whose only certainty is to accelerate the loss of American lives, compound the already severe strain on our military capabilities, and accelerate the burn rate of American dollars spent in Iraq. ... Without the commitment between the warring parties in Iraq to stop the killing, and create a political agreement upon which a national government can exist, 20,000 more U.S. soldiers are not likely to bring about a lasting peace."
Adoption tax credit
Pomeroy strongly supported legislation allowing parents to deduct adoption expenses they incurred. On the day of the vote, Pomeroy brought his daughter whom he and his wife had adopted from South Korea, onto the House floor.
Pomeroy was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Until recently, he did not gain the victory margins scored by North Dakota's two Democratic Senators, Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan. Until 2004, he never won more than 57 percent of the vote. However, in 2004 he was reelected with almost 60 percent.
Pomeroy was defeated by Republican nominee State Representative Rick Berg. This marks the first time in 30 years that this seat has been held by a Republican. It has been argued that Pomeroy's "vote for the health care bill may have cost him his seat in Congress."
"[O]n the last day of Pomeroy's 18-year stint as North Dakota's at-large congressman, K Street firm Alston & Bird announced that he was joining the firm's health care lobbying division." Pomeroy joined former Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole at Alston & Bird.
Pomeroy lives in Mandan, North Dakota; he has two children, Kathryn and Scott. On July 2, 2009, Pomeroy married Mary Berglund in a private ceremony at the site of his family's homestead in Valley City, North Dakota.
Earl was a stand out rugby player at UND in the 1970s.
- United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2004
- United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2002
- United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2000
- Carney, Timothy P. (2011-01-09). "Lawmakers start cashing in on health care 'reform'". WashingtonExaminer.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- "Blue Dog Coalition". House.gov. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- "Pomeroy opposes troop buildup." Mary Claire Jalonick. Associated Press. 2/15/07.
- C-SPAN Iraq War Debate[dead link]
- "Pomeroy votes for health care bill | KXNet.com North Dakota News". Kxnet.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1999). The Almanac of American Politics 2000. National Journal Group Inc. p. 1234.
- Hoeven, Pomeroy enjoy widespread support, KXMC CBS13. Retrieved 20 Nov '08.
- "GOP's Berg beats Dem Pomeroy for ND US House seat". The Washington Post. November 2, 2010.
- Carney, Timothy (2011-01-09) Lawmakers start cashing in on health care 'reform', Washington Examiner
- Earl Pomeroy - Health Care Lawyer - Alston & Bird LLP
- Earl Pomeroy for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
|Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-large congressional district