Early life and education
Bergman was born on February 2, 1947, in Shakopee, Minnesota
and received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College
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.
Bergman in uniform
After graduating from college, Bergman was a commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve
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
. He left active duty in 1975 and flew UH-1
helicopters with the Rhode Island National Guard
, Quonset Point, Rhode Island
In 1995, he was a special staff officer at Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Overland Park
. In 1996, he became chief of staff/deputy commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force
Augmentation Command Element, Camp Pendleton
. 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 March 2016, Bergman said that cutting spending would be his top priority in Congress
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
Bergman sided with President Trump on barring transgender individuals from the military.
2020 presidential election
After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede, Bergman announced he would oppose the confirmation of the Electoral College
's vote in Congress.
In January 2021, Bergman announced his intention to object to the certification of the Electoral College results.
Awards and decorations
Bergman's military awards include:
Medals and ribbons
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