Video: Berg Says Goodbye To The House


Congressman Rick Berg delivered his farewell speech to the House of Representatives today. Having lost the US Senate race to Heidi Heitkamp, he’ll be back to being a civilian once his current term in the House is up.

I want to express my deepest gratitude for giving me the opportunity to be North Dakota’s voice in the United States House of Representatives for the past two years,” stated Berg. Serving the people of North Dakota in Congress was the experience of a lifetime and it is something that I will always look back on with pride and appreciation. I am not sure what lies ahead but I’ll say this, it’s going to be great spending much more time back home in the great state of North Dakota.

I ran for Congress because I believed, and continue to believe that we must create an economic climate that brings stability and certainty to private sector job creators. My faith in the Democratic process is unwavering, and I truly believe that America has bright days ahead. I am hopeful that in the days, weeks, and months ahead we can finally come together, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Americans who are concerned about the future of our country to tackle the challenges we face.

Berg didn’t have the opportunity to get a lot done in the House. He served one term in a divided Congress that didn’t present a lot of opportunities to lead.

North Dakota would be better off with him in the Senate. For now, we’ll have to settle for having him back in the state as a citizen leader and businessman.

“I’m not sure what lays ahead,” Berg says at the end of his address, “but I’ll appreciate spending a lot more time in the great state of North Dakota.”

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  • Guest

    Conrad’s retirement gets a post calling him a poseur who couldn’t withstand interent transparency Berg gets a send off excusing his lack of accomplishment. /cough hack

    • Rob

      You realize the two situations are a little different, right? Conrad was in Congress for more than two decades. Berg has been there two years.

      Conrad has a lengthy history of dishonesty and duplicity. I don’t doubt you disagree with that, being a partisan Democrat, but that hardly makes me a hack.

      That just means you disagree with me.

  • Game

    I think part of the reason Berg was ineffective was also the fact that he was not all that interested in being a US Congressman, and almost immediately began to run for Senate. He was not interested in building the relationships in the house to actually get things done. I hope, for North Dakota’s sake, that Kevin Cramer does better.

    • Rob

      That’s petty silly. Berg didn’t decide to get in until after Conrad announced. House members supreme half their time campaigning.

      He did about as well as anyone could as one vote out of hundreds.

  • spud

    All across the good old USA we have these little departing comments by those who chose to retire or those who were retired by their constituents and really who cares if you served multiple years like Conrad or two years like Berg. Good bye hopefully the next guy up or woman will do the job they are voted to do and not just be a party hack.

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  • kevindf

    I never understood what the attraction was to political power, but that’s just me. I must not have issues that power will solve.

    • dwnwththeolguard

      Its all about money Kevin, special interests, private campaign funding in back rooms. Politicians make way more off of lobbyists than what we the taxpayer pay them

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  • camsaure

    Berg is proof of what happens when you poop on your party’s base.

    • JJ

      You bet, you are correct. If this isn’t a shot over the bow of Hoeven’s ship then he is a fool. If 67% of the people vote for a Republican Governor and Republican presidential candidate then Hiedi didn’t win the election without Republican support. But what should be noted is Berg was fired by Republicans for acting like a democrat. There are thousands of Republicans that would rather vote for a slob like Heidi than be betrayed by a Republican that votes with the democrats. I for one will never vote for Hoeven if he turns on the people of North Dakota that put him in office. As much as I would hate voting for a democrat, I am done voting for Republicans that are RINOs. Do you hear us Senator Hoeven?

  • Lynn Bergman

    Thank you, Rick, for serving our state with integrity and honor. Kevin Cramer will do the same and encouragement to him would have been nice…