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.”