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Vento, Bruce Frank

House 1971-72 (District 44A) ; House 1973-1976 (District 66A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 10/7/1940
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 10/10/2000
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): High School Teacher, Social Studies and Science, Minneapolis Public Schools

EDUCATION

St. Paul Parochial Schools; Elementary School;
Johnson High School, St. Paul; Secondary; Graduate
St. Thomas College; Attended College; 1958-1959
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; A.A.; Minneapolis Campus, 1961
Wisconsin State University, River Falls; B.S.; Secondary Education, Biology and Political Science; 1965
University of Minnesota; M.E.; 1966

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Educational Council; 1971 to 1976
State Board/Commission/Council: Commission on Minnesota Future; 1973 to 1976
U.S. Representative: 4th Congressional District, Minnesota; 01/03/1977 to 10/10/2000 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Mary Jean Moore (while in office); Susan Lynch (remarried in August 2000)
Children: Three children: Michael, Peter, and John (sons, with Mary Jean)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

He was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and Tri Beta Honor Societies.

He died, of pleural mesothelioma (lung) cancer from asbestos exposure, at home in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Maplewood, Minnesota.

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.

Total Days Served: 2191

SESSIONS SERVED

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 66A
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Teacher, Social Studies and Science, Minneapolis Public Schools
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Education
  • Education: School Aids Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs (Chair)
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 66A
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Teacher, Social Studies and Science, Minneapolis Public Schools
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Governmental Operations
  • Judiciary
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
Leadership Position: Assistant Majority Leader

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 44A
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: High School Teacher, Social Studies and Science, Minneapolis Public Schools
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Committees:
  • City Government
  • Environmental Preservation
  • Higher Education
  • Judiciary
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
Articles & Books About
Gordon, Greg and Tom Hamburger. "A Champion Until the End (Obituary)." Star Tribune, October 11, 2000.

Vento, Bruce Frank. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


Archive Collections
Bruce F. Vento Papers, 1974-2000 - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections.
Bruce F. Vento Scrapbooks, 1976-1990 - Available in the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections.

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has collected newspaper articles on legislators since 1973. They are available in the Library.