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 as a health care lobbyist at Alston & Bird.
|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|
|Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives|
|Born||September 2, 1952|
Valley City, North Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Valley City State University|
University of North Dakota
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. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of North Dakota.
U.S. House of Representatives
Caucuses and coalitions
- Co-Chair of the bipartisan Rural Health Care Coalition
Pomeroy was a member of the Blue Dog 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."
Pomeroy voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act in November 2009, stating that the bill was far from perfect, "but so is our present system."
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.
After leaving Congress, Pomeroy joined the K Street firm Alston & Bird, where he works as a lobbyist for hospitals. Pomeroy's move to the private sector was "unusually swift"; by June 2011, he had registered as a lobbyist. Pomeroy joined former Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole at Alston & Bird.
Pomeroy is a Presbyterian. He 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.
Pomeroy was a stand out rugby player at UND in the 1970s.
- Eric Lipton (August 5, 2011). "Ex-Lawmaker Still a Friend of Hospitals". New York Times.
- "Pomeroy to receive honorary UND degree". Grand Forks Herald. April 25, 2011.
- "Blue Dog Coalition". House.gov. 2009-04-27. Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- "Pomeroy opposes troop buildup." Mary Claire Jalonick. Associated Press. 2/15/07.
- C-SPAN Iraq War Debate Archived February 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "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.
- Elahe Izadi & Sam Baker, I Lost My Seat in Congress, and All I Got Was This Broken Website: Democrats who walked the plank for Obamacare in 2010 now have to watch the White House mess it up, The Atlantic (November 15, 2013).
- Kate Ackley, Alston & Bird Announces Addition of Tauzin, Roll Call (January 26, 2011).
- 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 Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
| Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota's At-large congressional district