Conrad served as the North Dakota Tax Commissioner for six years before his Senate career.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Kent Conrad in his successful Senate run as candidate for North Dakota.
Opposed the Iraq War
The following is a list of the 23 U.S. Senators voting "Nay" on the Iraq War resolution in October 2002. The vote was 77-23 in favor of the resolution.
Daniel Akaka (D - Hawaii), Jeff Bingaman (D - N.M.), Barbara Boxer (D - Calif.), Robert Byrd (D - W. Va.), Lincoln Chafee (R - R.I.), Kent Conrad (D - N.D.), Jon Corzine (D - N.J.), Mark Dayton (D - Minn.), Dick Durbin (D - Ill.), Russ Feingold (D - Wis.), Bob Graham (D - Fla.) [Retired, 2004], Daniel Inouye (D - Hawaii), Jim Jeffords (I - Vt.), Ted Kennedy (D - Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D - Vt.), Carl Levin (D - Mich.), Barbara Mikulski (D - Md.), Patty Murray (D - Wash.), Jack Reed (D - R.I.), Paul Sarbanes (D - Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D - Mich.), Paul Wellstone (D - Minn.) [Dec. 2002] and Ron Wyden (D - Ore.).
Thousands of people in the Red River Valley want to send a message to federal lawmakers and trade negotiators ? they don?t want the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
More than 25,000 people have signed petitions opposing the trade deal that is being promoted by the Bush administration. Residents along the Minnesota-North Dakota border say CAFTA could wipe out the sugar beet industry and many communities along with it.
CAFTA is the first step toward destroying the U.S. sugar program, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said at a news conference Sept. 16, 2004, where he and other elected officials accepted the petitions. It would undermine beet growers in our region and throughout the country, and will export tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
Most of the signatures on the anti-CAFTA petitions were gathered by farmers and workers employed in the sugar industry, said Mark Froemke, a leader of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco & Grain Millers, the union representing workers at the sugar processing plants in North Dakota and Minnesota.
In addition to Dorgan and Froemke, the Moorhead news conference was attended by Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.; U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; and representatives of sugar beet growers and cooperatives. Froemke said opponents plan to hold other events in Minnesota to highlight the threats posed by CAFTA.
Cuban business conference
On February 19, 2003, Cuban President Fidel Castro met with participants of the U.S.-Cuba Business Conference at Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, participants included Raul de la Nuez, Cuban Minister of Trade; Ricardo Alarcon, President of Cuba's National Assembly; U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell; Juanita Vera; President Fidel Castro; Kirby Jones, President of Alamar Associates; U.S. Senator Kent Conrad; Pedro Alvarez, Chairman of Alimport; John Moore, Lt. Gov. of Kansas.
2012 Cuba visit
Senior senators met February 2012 in Havana with President Raúl Castro of Cuba and with an imprisoned American aid worker, but they reported no immediate breakthrough on Friday on winning the American’s freedom. Related
The Caucus: Senior Senators Meet With Raúl Castro (February 24, 2012) Senators Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, and Richard C. Shelby, Republican of Alabama, met with Mr. Castro for more than two hours, the first high-level meeting between the two countries in nearly two years. The senators offered to take the aid worker, Alan Gross, home with them.
Senator Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat who along with Mr. Leahy met with Mr. Gross at a military prison hospital in Havana, the capital, said prison conditions “are not great.” But he said Mr. Gross appeared to be treated better than a typical Cuban prisoner.
The senators were part of a group of six lawmakers traveling to Cuba, Haiti and Colombia to widen agricultural trade with Cuba, inspect recovery efforts from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and discuss antidrug efforts in South America. Also in the group were Senator Kent Conrad, of North Dakota, and Representatives Xavier Becerra, of California, and Peter Welch, of Vermont.
- Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Domestic & Foreign Marketing, Inspection, & Plant & Animal Health
- Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
- Chairman of the Committee on Budget
- Committee on Finance
- Chairman - Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-Term Growth
- Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy
- Committee on Indian Affairs
- About Conrad
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- [http://2ww.workdayminnesota.org/articles/grain-millers-gather-thousands-signatures-opposing-cafta, Workday Minnesota, Grain Millers gather thousands of signatures opposing CAFTA September 19, 2004]
- Alamar Associates website, accessed December 15, 2010
- NYT Senators Urge Castro to Release American By JONATHAN WEISMAN Published: February 24, 2012