Pomeroy to receive honorary doctorate from UND

Earl Pomeroy

FARGO – Former North Dakota Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy has been chosen to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota, the university announced today.

Pomeroy will accept his Doctor of Letters degree during spring commencement May 14 at the Alerus Center.

According to the statement from UND, Pomeroy was nominated for the honor by Political Science Department Chairman Mark Jendrysik and Law School Dean Kathryn Rand.

Before Pomeroy served for 18 years in the U.S. House, he was elected state insurance commissioner and state representative for his native home of Valley City. Pomeroy is a UND alumnus.

In nominating the former congressman, Jendrysik said Pomeroy “is an outstanding example of commitment to public service and represents the values of leadership that we seek to teach in our students.”

Meanwhile, Rand called Pomeroy “one of our most notable alumni.”

“Beyond his reputation as a public servant, he has been a staunch supporter of the School of Law and UND, generously offering his time and talent to our students, staff and faculty,” Rand said.

The University Senate, which approved the nominations for the honorary degree, praised Pomeroy for his influence in agriculture and tax policy.

“His work made him one of the nation’s most respected advocates for producers and for rural America,” the senate wrote.

Pomeroy’s tenure in Congress ended in December, after he was unseated by Republican Rick Berg in the general election. He is currently a counsel in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office, where he focuses his practice on health care, regulatory and legislative matters.

Aside from receiving his honorary degree, Pomeroy will also be this year’s commencement speaker for the graduating class of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.