Congressman mentioned for head of insurance group

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the presidency of a Washington lobbying group for the life insurance industry.

The American Council of Life Insurers is looking for a successor to former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.

Council spokesman Jack Dolan says Pomeroy is one of a “rather limited” group of people who are familiar with Washington and the life insurance industry. Dolan says Pomeroy was considered for the job before Keating was hired in 2003.

Pomeroy, a Democrat, has said he’s running for re-election to the House this year. A spokeswoman for Pomeroy didn’t respond right away to a request for comment.

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan’s wife, Kim Dorgan, is a senior vice president at the council.