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Bruce Vento

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Bruce Frank Vento October 7, 1940 – October 10, 2000 was an American politician, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 until his death in 2000, representing Minnesota's 4th congressional district


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Honors
  • 4 Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Early lifeedit

Vento was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and was educated at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he received his BA in 1961 He later, in 1965, received a BS with honors, from the University of Wisconsin He was a public school teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota prior to entering politics Vento's fraternal nephew is Lino Rulli, The Catholic Guy


Vento served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1971 until 1976 before entering the House

Vento is recognized for his efforts in cleaning the environment and promoting affordable housing He is also widely known for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1986, which provides federal money for shelter programs He died in 2000 while still a member of Congress from pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer, as a result of exposure to asbestos He died shortly before the 2000 election, in which he was not running for another term, so no special election or new candidates were needed to replace him


The Bruce Vento Regional Trail runs through St Paul, Minnesota Along this path, by the Johnson Parkway just north of Phalen Avenue, a memorial grove has also been named in his honor The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, a former railroad yard and informal trash dumping area in Lowertown St Paul is also named for the Congressman, who lived nearby and supported this model reclamation project East Consolidated Elementary School in St Paul was renamed Bruce Vento Elementary School in 20001

Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Actedit

Vento introduced the first bill in the US Congress to grant honorary US citizenship to Laotian and Hmong veterans who served in the "US Secret Army" in Laos during the Vietnam War The legislation, the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 was passed by the House and Senate following his death and signed into law by President Bill Clinton Vento worked with the Lao Veterans of America, the Lao Veterans of America Institute, the Center for Public Policy Analysis and others to research and advance the legislation in Congress, Washington, DC, and the Lao- and Hmong-American community Vento worked with Hmong elders and community leaders in the Twin Cities and across the United States, including Cherzong Vang, Colonel Wangyee Vang and others to build support for the legislation which took over 10 years to gain the bipartisan support for passage on Capitol Hill, Congress and the White House

See alsoedit

  • List of United States Congress members who died in office 2000–


  1. ^ "School History / School History" ventosppsorg Retrieved 2017-02-20 
  • Minnesota Legislators Past and Present
  • The Bruce Vento Papers, including extensive records of his congressional service, are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Bruce Vento Elementary School History
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Karth
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1977–October 10, 2000
Succeeded by
Betty McCollum

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