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Published November 05, 2010, 08:56 PM

Rep. Earl Pomeroy Reflects On A Long Career

After losing North Dakota's U.S. House seat to republican Rick Berg, representative Earl Pomeroy is reflecting on what he has done and what the future holds.

After nine terms in the US House, Representative Earl Pomeroy is ready for new beginnings.

After losing North Dakota's U.S. House seat to republican Rick Berg, representative Earl Pomeroy is reflecting on what he has done and what the future holds.

"The opportunity to serve North Dakota has just been the most wonderful experience," Pomeroy said.

Congressman Earl Pomeroy has served the state for nine terms but has worked in politics a lot longer than that.

"Won my first State Legislative race 30 years ago. So that's a long string of opportunities voters have given me to try and work away on these issues and I've given it my best shot."

Points of pride: Pomeroy helped prevent the Grand Forks Air Force base from closing and was an advocate for flood protection in Grand Forks.

"It's tangible what working together we were able to build here. I'll never get over driving around town and thinking, " Man, this is really something, what we've been able to achieve."

Pomeroy says working in Congress has taught him a few things over the years.

"What I try to do is be practical, with one vote of the house you have to work with republicans, you have to work with democrats. It's really not about partisan games, it's about solving problems," Pomeroy said.

Work that will now be in the hands of republican Rick Berg as he takes over the congressional seat. Leaving Pomeroy looking towards a new chapter in his life.

"I look forward to suddenly being a nuisance I'm around so much with my wife, I've got kids in high school and I'm so pleased to have more opportunities top be with them before they're off to college. So it's going be some time where I want to refocus."

A time for change, but always remembering where he's been.

"I love this State, love the people and I care a lot about the issues we've fought our way through and so I feel so fortunate to have had that opportunity."

Pomeroy says we have a strong ag economy and growth in energy in North Dakota, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

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