VENTO, Bruce Frank

VENTO, Bruce Frank
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


VENTO, Bruce Frank, a Representative from Minnesota; born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., October 7, 1940; attended the public schools of St. Paul; attended St. Thomas College, St. Paul, 1958-1959; A.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1961; B.S., Wisconsin State University, River Falls, 1965; graduate studies, University of Minnesota, 1966; taught in Minneapolis, Minn., public schools, 1965-1976; served in Minnesota house of representatives, 1971-1976; elected as a Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate to the Ninety-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses; was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Seventh Congress; served from January 3, 1977, until his death in St. Paul, Minn., on October 10, 2000; interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minn.

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1974-2000, 74.5 cubic feet. The papers congressional files of Bruce F. Vento primarily consist of committee and issue files, political and campaign materials, legislative profiles, voting records, form replies to constituent issue mail, schedules, news releases and newsletters, speeches, sound and video recordings, and foreign travel files. The collection is particularly strong in its documentation of energy, financial, environmental, and humanitarian issues, legislation, and policy in the 1980s and 1990s. The committee and issue files reflect Bruce Vento's assignments to subcommittees concerned with housing, community development, financial institutions, consumer protection, national parks, forests, and public lands. There is substantial information on financial services regulation, the savings and loan crisis, foreign policy, human rights, the immigration and naturalization of Hmong veterans and refugees, homelessness, the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, energy policy, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and environmental issues in general. The political files relate mainly to his campaigns for Congress. An inventory is available in the repository and online.
Microfilm: 1976-1990, 4 microfilm reels. The scrapbooks of Bruce Frank Vento contain mostly news clippings of articles, editorials, columns, campaign advertisements, and publicity items that appeared in the major St. Paul and Minneapolis daily newspapers, Ramsey County suburban newspapers, St. Paul neighborhood newspapers, and various organizational publications. There are also photocopies of transcripts of radio and television news programs, wire services news stories, and press releases. The clippings and other materials document Bruce Vento's congressional activities, election campaigns, and other aspects of his political career; the social, economic, and political issues in which he was particularly interested. Subjects covered include foreign policy, economic and taxation policies, the environment (especially the preservation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area), and health, education, and other human services, as well as his efforts in promoting federal policies that benefitted Minnesota and, especially, Ramsey County and St. Paul, and his relations with various constituents, including organized labor, ethnic and religious communities, and neighborhood, environmental, and women's organizations. An inventory for the scrapbooks is available in the repository.
Papers: In the York Langton Papers, 1960-1989, 1.25 cubic feet. Other authors include Bruce Vento.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960 - on-going, 200 linear feet. Correspondents include Bruce Vento.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1988, 2 commercials on 1 videocassette. The commercials were used during Bruce Frank Vento's campaign for the 1988 U.S. congressional election in District 4 of Minnesota, Democratic Party.
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