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|20th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981
|Preceded by||John A. Knebel|
|Succeeded by||John R. Block|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 7th district|
January 3, 1971 – January 22, 1977
|Preceded by||Odin Langen|
|Succeeded by||Arlan Stangeland|
July 22, 1928 |
Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party|
|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|
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
- Robert Bergland at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- The Bob Bergland Papers, including extensive records of his congressional service, are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society.
|United States House of Representatives|
|U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 7th congressional district
1971 – 1977
John A. Knebel
|U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Jimmy Carter
January 23, 1977 – January 20, 1981
John R. Block