Kent Conrad
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"Gaylord Kent Conrad" is a former United States Senate/United States Senator from North Dakota. He is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, the North Dakota affiliate of the United States Democratic Party/Democratic Party. First elected to the Senate in 1986, he served as chairman or Ranking Member of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget/Senate Budget Committee for twelve years.

On January 18, 2011, Conrad announced that he would not run for re-election in 2012, but will instead retire. Conrad said in a statement that it was more important that "I spend my time and energy trying to focus on solving the nation's budget woes than be distracted by another campaign." Fellow Democrat Heidi Heitkamp was elected to replace him.

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