Bruce Vento

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Bruce Frank Vento
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – October 10, 2000
Preceded by Joseph Karth
Succeeded by Betty McCollum
Personal details
Born (1940-10-07)October 7, 1940
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died October 10, 2000(2000-10-10) (aged 60)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Susan
Religion Roman Catholic

Bruce Frank Vento (October 7, 1940 – October 10, 2000) was an American politician, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 until his death in 2000. He served in the 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 105th, and 106th congresses, representing Minnesota's 4th congressional district.

Early life[edit]

Vento was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and was educated at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he received his BA in 1961. He later, in 1965, received a B.S with honors, from the University of Wisconsin. He was a public school teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota prior to entering politics.

Career[edit]

Vento served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1971 until 1976 before entering the House.

Vento is recognized for his efforts in cleaning the environment and promoting affordable housing. He is also widely known for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1986, which provides federal money for shelter programs. He died in 2000 while still a member of Congress from pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer, as a result of exposure to asbestos. He died shortly before the 2000 election, in which he was not running for another term, so no special election or new candidates were needed to replace him.

Honors[edit]

The Bruce Vento Regional Trail runs through St. Paul, Minnesota. Along this path, by the Johnson Parkway just north of Phalen Avenue, a memorial grove has also been named in his honor. The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, a former railroad yard and informal trash dumping area in Lowertown St. Paul is also named for the Congressman, who lived nearby and supported this model reclamation project.

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Karth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1977–October 10, 2000
Succeeded by
Betty McCollum