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Bruce Vento

Bruce Frank Vento
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – October 10, 2000
Preceded by Joseph Karth
Succeeded by Betty McCollum
Personal details
Born (1940-10-07)October 7, 1940
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died October 10, 2000(2000-10-10) (aged 60)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s) Susan
Religion Roman Catholic

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.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Honors 3
  • Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act 4

Early life

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 B.S 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.

Career

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.

Honors

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.

Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act

Vento introduced the first bill in the US Congress to grant honorary U.S. citizenship to Laotian and Hmong veterans who served in the "U.S. 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, D.C., and the Lao- and Hmong-American community. Vento worked

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