BREAKING: Byron Dorgan Retiring

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) just announced that he will not run for reelection this fall.

From his statement:

Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life. I have written two books and have an invitation from a publisher to write two more books. I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector.

So, over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests.

Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate. Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days. But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve.

Even though North Dakota is a pretty solidly Republican state on the Presidential level, it’s actually quite Democratic on the Congressional level–their entire Congressional delegation is currently made up of Democrats. Thus, this race may not seem as hopeless to Democrats as it may initially appear.

In terms of possible successors to Dorgan, ND’s sole Congressman, Earl Pomeroy (D), could run, as could Governor John Hoeven (R).