Current Position: US Representative for MI 1st District since 2017
Former Position(s): Marine Corp from 1969 – 2009
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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Introducing Rep. Jack Bergman
9and10news.com, – August 27, 2021 (Short)
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman gave 9&10 News his reaction to Thursday’s attacks outside the Kabul airport.
“Those Marines and Corps Men who were killed yesterday, they did not die in vain,” said Rep. Bergman. “Those of us who sign up to go to the military know we’re going in harms way to protect our citizens both at home and abroad, and we will do the right thing militarily to protect all our citizens.”
He says while the attacks yesterday in Kabul were predictable, they also could have been avoided.
Source: Government page
Growing up in the Midwest, Jack Bergman’s parents instilled in him the values that drive the American Dream: If you work hard, never quit, and strive for excellence, you will find success. Those values are what guided him to the rank of Lt. General in the United States Marine Corps, empowered him to successfully own and operate a small business, and allowed him to enjoy a 22-year career as a commercial airline pilot.
The Bergman family roots in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stretch back to the late 1800’s where his ancestors worked as iron miners. Serving his country in uniform for 40 years, Jack has spent time all around the United States – and world. Nearly three decades ago, Jack and his wife Cindy settled in Watersmeet, on the western edge of Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.
Jack is a grandfather to eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. This has always been one of the largest factors in his service in Congress. When Jack sees what is happening in Washington, he knows that we are not doing our best at leaving our children and grandchildren a better place. From his business to his distinguished military career, and now in Congress – Jack Bergman does not accept the status-quo as an acceptable path forward. Jack is driven by his commitment to serving others. While in the military, he launched two successful startup businesses in the medical equipment field, maintaining an obligation to both his nation and his customers simultaneously. As an entrepreneurial leader focused on mission accomplishment and customer satisfaction, Jack knows how to get things done.
Hard work and commitment made the United States the most exceptional nation in the world. Those are the principles that have guided Jack’s life, and are the principles that he is bringing to Washington. He believes what most Michiganders believe: Americans know how to live their lives better than politicians or bureaucrats do. Jack’s life has been dedicated to service and defending the Constitution. He is the highest ranking combat Veteran to have ever served in the U.S. House. He is shaking up the status quo in both Congress and will continue defending the United States from those who want to weaken it, both domestically and abroad.
- Republican Study Committee
- Climate Solutions Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus.
- Lieutenant General
United States Marine Corps
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John Warren “Jack” Bergman (born February 2, 1947) is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district. He served as commanding general of the Marine Forces Reserve and the Marine Forces North. He also served as a Naval Aviator, flying rotary-winged aircraft such as the CH-46 and UH-1, as well as fixed-wing aircraft such as the T-28 and KC-130. A Republican, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016.
Early life and education
Bergman was born on February 2, 1947, in Shakopee, Minnesota, and received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1969. He subsequently earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of West Florida. His formal military education includes Naval Aviation Flight Training, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Landing Force Staff Planning (Marine Expeditionary Brigade [MEB] and Air Command Element [ACE]), Reserve Component National Security and Naval War College Strategy & Policy, Syracuse University National Security Seminar, Combined Forces Air Component Command, LOGTECH, and CAPSTONE.
After graduating from college, Bergman was a commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1969 under the Platoon Leader School program. He flew CH-46 helicopters with HMM-261 at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, and with HMM-164 in Okinawa, Japan, and the Republic of Vietnam. Assigned as a flight instructor, he flew the T-28 with VT-6, NAS Whiting Field, Florida. He left active duty in 1975 and flew UH-1 helicopters with the Rhode Island National Guard, Quonset Point, Rhode Island.
After a 1978 civilian employment transfer to Chicago, Bergman transferred from the Rhode Island National Guard back to the Marine Corps Reserve, where he served in several 4th Marine Aircraft Wing units at NAS Glenview, Illinois: HML-776, flying the UH-1; VMGR-234, flying the KC-130; and Mobilization Training Unit IL-1. He was selected to stand up the second KC-130 squadron in 4th MAW and in 1988 became the first commanding officer of VMGR-452, Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Newburgh, New York. From 1992 to 1994 he commanded Mobilization Station, Chicago.
In 1995, he was a special staff officer at Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Overland Park, Kansas. In 1996, he became chief of staff/deputy commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Pendleton, California. In 1997, he transferred to the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters, New Orleans, to serve as assistant chief of staff/G-1. Promoted to brigadier general, he became deputy commander of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
Transferred in June 1998 to Headquarters, Marine Forces Europe, Stuttgart, Germany, Bergman served as deputy commander. Recalled to active duty from April to July 1999, he was dual-hatted as EUCOM, Deputy J-3A. He then commanded II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, until assuming command of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2000.
In September 2002, Bergman assumed command of the 4th Force Service Support Group, New Orleans, Louisiana. He also served as chairman of the Secretary of the Navy‘s Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board from 2001 to 2003. Returning to active duty in October 2003, he served as director of Reserve Affairs, Quantico, Virginia. He began his final assignment, command of the Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North, on June 10, 2005. He relinquished that command in October 2009 and retired from active duty in December of that year.
U.S. House of Representatives
Bergman won the Republican primary in Michigan’s 1st congressional district in August 2016. He defeated Democratic nominee Lon Johnson and Libertarian nominee Diane Bostow in the November general election. Bergman, who was elected to succeed retiring Republican Representative Dan Benishek, won 55% of the vote to Johnson’s 40% and Bostow’s 4%.
In June 2017, Bergman was one of the Republican congressmen who were practicing on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field for the annual Congressional Baseball Game when James Hodgkinson began shooting at them, harming four people, including Representative Steve Scalise. Afterward, Bergman blamed the incident on anti-GOP rhetoric and the media.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Spending and budget
In a July 2016 television interview, Bergman said his three top priorities were to “get Congress working together” instead of being preoccupied with partisan division, to “utilize the Constitution”, and to pass a balanced budget amendment.
In March 2021, all House Republicans including Bergman voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an economic stimulus bill aimed at speeding up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.
Bergman voted in favor of the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, which would allow the Department of Commerce to award grants to Native American tribes for historical preservation, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation in the Great Lakes.
Bergman sided with President Trump on barring transgender individuals from the military.
2020 presidential election
In December 2020, Bergman was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Biden defeated Trump.
Awards and decorations
Bergman’s military awards include:
Medals and ribbons
|Naval Aviator Badge||Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge|
|Distinguished Service Medal (US Navy)||Defense Meritorious Service Medal||Air Medal w/ Valor device and Strike/Flight numeral “1”||Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Navy Unit Commendation||Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 bronze service stars||Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal w/ 1 silver service star||National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 bronze service stars|
|Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 bronze campaign stars||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 bronze service star||Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ gold Hourglass Devices|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ bronze star||Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ bronze laurel leaf palm emblem||Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation w/ bronze laurel leaf palm emblem||Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ silver date bar|
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- “Guide to the New Congress” (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
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- “90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members”. Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
- “Members”. U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- Meloni, Rod (June 14, 2017). “Rep. Jack Bergman describes shooting at baseball practice: ‘I just basically went into a low crawl‘“. ClickOnDetroit.
- Trunko, Matthew (June 14, 2017). “Rep. Jack Bergman: Media ‘complicit’ in spread of hateful rhetoric that led to congressional baseball shooting”. The Washington Examiner.
- “Meet Our Members”. House Armed Services Committee – Democrats. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
- “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
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- UpNorthLive (July 26, 2016). “Interview with Jack Bergman, 1st Congressional Dist. Republican Candidate”. WPBN. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
- ABC News. “House Democrats pass $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, handing Biden major victory”. abcnews.go.com. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
- “See how your Michigan U.S. Representative voted on Obamacare repeal”. mlive. May 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
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- Kilmer, Derek (December 12, 2019). “H.R.729 – 116th Congress (2019-2020): Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act”. congress.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
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- “Two Michigan Republicans will object to Electoral College vote”. mlive. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
- Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- “Rep. Jack Bergman objects Electoral College certification process”. ABC 10/CW5. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
- “Valor Awards for John W. Bergman”. Military Times. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- “Biography – U.S. Representative Jack Bergman”. bergman.house.gov.
- Congressman Jack Bergman official U.S. House website
- Campaign website
- Jack Bergman at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
2018 US Representative for 1st
|Jack Bergman (R)||187,251||56.3%|
|Matthew Morgan (D)||145,246||43.7%|
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House Armed Services Committee
In his second term, Congressman Bergman is honored to serve as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. As we face uncertain times, military readiness and proper funding are essential. As new threats emerge, our military must remain the strongest and most lethal force in the world. Accountability and oversight are paramount as we work to ensure every dollar spent on defense is maximized to best protect our nation and our allies. As with all Committee assignments, Rep. Bergman will seek to utilize his role on the House Armed Services Committee to represent the needs of Michigan’s First District.
Congressman Bergman served in the United States Marine Corps for 40 years, as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, and most recently as Commander of Marine Forces North/Marine Forces Reserve. He retired in 2009 at the rank of Lieutenant General. After being elected in November 2016, Bergman became the highest ranking combat Veteran ever elected to Congress.
House Veterans Affairs Committee
Serving on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs is a passion of Congressman Bergman’s. Michigan’s 1st District has one of the highest percentage of Veterans of any Congressional District in the country. These Veterans have sacrificed so much for the liberty of our country and he is dedicated to working on their behalf in Washington, D.C. He has served for two years on the committee where he helped author groundbreaking Veterans’ legislation and held multiple field hearings and round-table discussions in Michigan’s First District.
We made major strides in the 115th Congress by passing the VA MISSION Act, streamlining the VA bureaucracy, and ensuring accountability at VA. Congressman Bergman looks forward to continuing the work we’ve begun to ensure our Veterans are receiving the quality care they deserve.
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- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Subcommittee on Military Personnel
- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Ranking Member)