Biodiesel champion Byron Dorgan to give keynote address at National Biodiesel Conference

By NBB | January 17, 2013

A former U.S. senator widely recognized as a national leader and expert in energy and agriculture issues will give the keynote address at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Feb. 4-7. First elected to Congress in 1980, former Sen. Byron Dorgan represented his home state of North Dakota for 30 years in Washington, first for 12 years in the U.S. House and then for 18 years in the U.S. Senate. After retiring, he became a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he recently joined former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to launch and chair the center’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative. 

As a House member and in the Senate, Dorgan was a champion for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. He repeatedly sponsored legislation to create renewable fuels requirements for U.S. fuel supplies and strongly advocated the biodiesel tax incentive. He also was an advocate for renewable energy programs in the Farm Bill.

“During his career in public office, Sen. Dorgan consistently championed renewable energy and energy independence, promoted the economic needs of rural America, and fought for sound economic policies,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “Sen. Dorgan continues to be a thought leader in Washington, D.C., and is highly engaged in energy policy development. We’re thrilled that he will join us at our conference to share his insights as we lay a course for the next 20 years.”

Dorgan was a senior senator on the Appropriations, Energy and Commerce Committees in the Senate. He currently serves as co-chairman of the government relations practice Arent Fox.

Also, it is never too early to save the date for the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo set for Jan. 20-23 in San Diego.

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