Robert Bergland

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Bob Bergland
Robert Bergland - USDA portrait.jpg
20th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by John A. Knebel
Succeeded by John R. Block
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 22, 1977
Preceded by Odin Langen
Succeeded by Arlan Stangeland
Personal details
Born (1928-07-22) July 22, 1928 (age 86)
Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Helen Bergland
Children Dianne Leigh Bergland
Linda Kay Bergland
Stevan Ray Bergland
Jon Lynn Bergland
Allan Robert Bergland
William Joseph "Billy" Bergland
Franklyn Felix Bergland
Parents Selmer Bennett Bergland
Mabel Evans Bergland
Residence Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Profession Politician
Religion Lutheran

Robert Selmer "Bob" Bergland (born July 22, 1928) was an American politician. He served as a member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota's 7th congressional district from 1971 to 1977, and he served as United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1977 until 1981, during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

Early life and politics[edit]

Bergland was born on July 22, 1928. He grew up on a farm near Roseau, Minnesota. He was the son of Selmer Bennett Bergland, a Minnesota farmer, and his wife Mabel (née Evans). He studied agriculture at University of Minnesota in a two-year program. He became as the official with to Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for the Department of Agriculture from 1963 to 1968.

U.S. House of Representative from Minnesota[edit]

He was elected from the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977, as the member of a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, entering the House to defeating by U.S. Republican incumbent Odin Langen in 1970. He was elected from the 92nd, 93rd, 94th, and 95th congresses, and was served from January 3, 1971 to January 22, 1977 as the representative from Minnesota. In Congress, he served on the House Committee on Agriculture's subcommittees for Conservation and Credit, and Livestock, Grains, Dairy, and Poultry.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture[edit]

In 1977, Bergland resigned from the House shortly after the beginning of a new term, and was appointed by the President Jimmy Carter's Secretary of Agriculture from January 23, 1977 to January 20, 1981. A minor but much-celebrated struggle between USDA and was the General Services Administration occurred during his tenure, resulting in the ironic dedication of the USDA executive cafeteria in his honor of the Alferd Packer in the order to the shame General Services Administration, from a terminating into the Nixon-era cafeteria services contract.

Post-Agricultural and returned farmer[edit]

At the end of President Carter's administration in 1981, and was became as the chairman of Farmland World Trade until 1982, when he became as the vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In that capacity, Bergland lobbied both Congress and the regulatory agencies on behalf of the Cooperative's electricity business. Throughout of his life, Bergland was widely considered a tireless advocate for working class, rural Americans and particularly farmers.

After retiring in 1994, Bergland was elected by the Minnesota State Legislature to a term on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Bergland retired after the one term and owns a 600-acre (2.4 km2) farm in Minnesota.

Personal life[edit]

He married Helen Elaine Grahn on June 24, 1950. They had seven children, fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

He was the guitarist for the Highway 11 Ramblers.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Odin Langen
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1971 – 1977
Succeeded by
Arlan Stangeland
Political offices
Preceded by
John A. Knebel
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Jimmy Carter

January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Succeeded by
John R. Block