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|Robert S. Bergland|
|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|
|Born||Robert Selmer Bergland
July 22, 1928
Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party|
|Children||Dianne Leigh Bergland
Linda Kay Bergland
Stevan Ray Bergland (1954 - 2007)
Jon Lynn Bergland (1956 - 2002)
Allan Robert Bergland
William Joseph "Bill" Bergland
Franklyn Felix Bergland
|Residence||Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
Early Life and career
Bergland was born July 22, 1928, and grew up on a farm (where he still lives) near to Roseau, Minnesota, and studied agriculture at the University of Minnesota in a two-year program. He became an official with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service United States Department of Agriculture from 1963 to 1968.
He was elected to the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977, as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, entering the House by defeating Republican incumbent Odin Langen in 1970. He was elected to the 92nd, 93rd, 94th, and 95th congresses, and served from January 3, 1971 to January 22, 1977 as a 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, he resigned from the House shortly after the beginning of a new term, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter. He served as Secretary of Agriculture from January 22, 1977 to January 20, 1981. A minor but much-celebrated struggle between USDA and the General Services Administration occurred during his tenure, resulting in the ironic dedication of the USDA executive cafeteria in honor of Alferd Packer—in order to shame GSA into terminating a Nixon-era cafeteria services contract.
Post-Agricultural and returned farmer
At the end of the Carter administration in 1981, he became the chairman of Farmland World Trade until 1982 when he became the vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In that capacity he lobbied both congress and regulatory agencies on behalf of Cooperatives in the electricity business. Throughout his life he was widely considered a tireless advocate for working class rural Americans, particularly farmers.
He retired in 1994, Bergland was only to be elected by the Minnesota State Legislature to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. He finally retired after one term, and owns a 600-acre (2.4 km2) farm in Minnesota.
He is wife, Helen Elaine Bergland (nee Grahn), and they are parents of two daughters and five sons (Dianne Leigh Bergland, Linda Kay Bergland, Stevan Ray Bergland (1954 - 2007), Jon Lynn Bergland (1956 - 2002), Allan Robert Bergland, William Joseph "Bill" Bergland and Franklyn Felix Bergland). His 15 grandchildren, (Tomas Bergland), his five great-grandchildren (Megan Klein Bergland), and has two step-grandchildren. He also a 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
John R. Block