Jack Bergman (R)

Background:

Jack Bergman is a member of the Republican Party running for reelection to represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House. He was first elected to the House in 2016, replacing retiring Rep. Dan Benishek. He was reelected in 2018, defeating Democratic challenger Matt Morgan.

From 1969 to 2009 Bergman served in the U.S. Marine Corp. With his election in 2016, Bergman became the highest-ranking combat veteran elected to Congress.

Bergman graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola with an M.A. in 1975.

Bergman is currently assigned to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services. To learn more, check out his campaign website. 

Endorsements:

Combat Veterans for Congress

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Corn Growers Association

Michigan Realtors

National Rifle Association

National Right to Life Committee

Right to Life of Michigan

SEAL PAC

Issues:

Infrastructure: “One of the biggest inhibitors of job growth in the rural areas of Michigan’s First District is connectivity. We cannot keep losing families and business professionals to other communities simply because we do not have access to reliable high-speed internet.” Bergman wants to expand rural access to broadband, though has not outlined how he plans to accomplish it.

Second Amendment: “As your only 2nd Amendment candidate for Congress, I will continue to fight for your right to keep and bear arms. This is not up for debate.” Bergman supports the Second Amendment. He pledges to fight for the right to keep and bear arms, though there is currently no proposed legislation to eliminate this right.

Pro-Life: “Rather than treating pregnancy or children as a problem, we should work together to create a society that welcomes them into our communities with loving and open arms.” Bergman is pro-life and promises to protect the unborn and move the pro-life message forward.

Immigration: “I believe our nation’s immigration policies should put the interests of our citizens and working families first. While we can continue to be generous, immigration is a privilege, not a right, and we should never allow it for people who intend to do us harm, or who violate our immigration laws and ‘cut in line’ to come here.” Bergman opposes any form of amnesty for people who immigrate to the U.S. illegally.

Recent Legislation:

H.R.6923 – Introduced 5/19/2020: This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 300,000 half dollar clad coins in honor and commemoration of the work of the frontline responders to the coronavirus (i.e., the virus that causes COVID-19) pandemic.

H.R.6335 – Introduced 3/23/2020: This bill waives required minimum distributions from certain tax-exempt retirement plans for calendar year 2020.

H.R.4189 – Introduced 8/16/2019: This bill allows claims in federal or state court against foreign states that conduct or participate in cyberattacks against U.S. nationals.

H.R.3999 – Introduced 7/25/2019: This bill allows a business-related tax credit for up to 30% of the cost of qualified broadband property in a qualified rural census tract. The bill imposes a limit on the amount of such credit based upon the number of potential customers residing in a rural area and served by the broadband project (multiplied by $170). A qualified rural census tract must be underserved and have less than 50% of its residents with access to broadband service.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

RDV Corp

Haworth Inc.

Medquest Pharmacy

Durandal Inc.

Cashflow Technologies

*Donor information comes from opensecrets.org. Please note: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.