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Robert Bergland

Bob Bergland
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
Roseau, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Minnesota 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) is 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 an official of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for the Department of Agriculture from 1963 to 1968.

U.S. House of Representative from Minnesota

He was elected to 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 the General Services Administration occurred during his tenure, resulting in the ironic dedication of the USDA executive cafeteria in honor of Alferd Packer in the order to 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 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

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