Asle Jorgenson Gronna
represented North Dakota in the House from 1905 to 1911, and in the Senate from 1911 to 1921. In 1906, Gronna wrote to Speaker Joseph Cannon
, seeking appointment to the Committee on Agriculture. “Living as I do in one of the greatest agricultural states in the Union,” Gronna reasoned, “I believe that this state should be represented on the Committee.” Written on House of Representatives stationery from Lakota, North Dakota, his letter argued that placing him on the committee would benefit his state. “I could do more good in the interest of substantial legislation, as I have the practical experience and believe I know what the agricultural people of this state and country require.” Gronna was not appointed to the House committee, but he went on to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry in the 66th Congress.