Politician and member of the Democratic party who served as the U.S. senator from North Dakota from 1992 to 2011 after serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for eleven years.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota in 1964 before receiving a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver in 1966.
He became the youngest constitutional officer in North Dakota's history when he was appointed North Dakota State Tax Commissioner at age 26.
He had two children with his second wife, Kimberly and had one child with his first wife.
He was briefly featured in Michael Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.