World News – United States – US Representative Jack Bergman retains his seat in Congress in northern Michigan


President Donald J Trump, middle, is greeted by (from left) former Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette, State Representative Matt Hall, US Representative Jack Bergman, US Representative John Moolenaar and US Representative Bill Huizenga after arriving at Gerald R Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids on Thursday March 28, 2019 Trump hosts a rally at Van Andel Arena (Cory Morse | MLivecom)
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Jack Bergman was known as Lt Gen Bergman, while flying fixed and rotary wing aircraft in the Marine Corps

On Election Day, he overtook his Democratic competition to keep the seat of Northern Michigan’s 1st Congressional District in red for another two years

Bergman, R-Watersmeet, beat small business owner Dana Alan Ferguson, Associated Press says early Wednesday morning With 9,742% of constituencies reporting at 5:18 am, Bergman won 6,075% of the vote against 37 from Ferguson 76% He initially won the seat when it opened in 2016 and retained it over Matt Morgan by over 42,000 votes in 2018

Ferguson, former production manager for the Bell Forest lumber company, ran full-time for the Bergman seat He expressed optimism for his chances in the run-up to the election, despite Republican control of the district since Rep Bart Stupak won in 2008

Read more: US Representative Jack Bergman seeks to keep northern Michigan red amid challenge from Democrat Dana Ferguson

According to the Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voting Index, the 1st Congressional District is strongly Republican, as it had a 9 point red trending before Election Day

Bergman far outstripped and passed Ferguson on the campaign trail.The Republican incumbent grossed $ 1.85 million and had about $ 336,000 in cash before the report ended on October 14, according to documents filed with the Ferguson Federal Election Commission raised around $ 322,000 and ended with $ 41,000 in cash

Democrats are still expected to maintain their majority in the US House of Representatives, but Bergman provides a voice that has supported many of President Donald Trump’s policies In particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic, Bergman accused China in June of « exploiting the coronavirus it created » in the United States and of spreading disinformation

A member of the House armed forces and veterans committees, he ultimately backed a White House proposal to curb foreign cyberattacks

He also criticized what he calls Gov Gretchen Whitmer’s’ one-size-fits-all ‘solution to tackling COVID-19 While calling her a’ good person ‘he said she was’ not ready to receive the command « 

“When COVID, the changes and the way we were going to do business became real, I tried very hard to communicate with the governor’s office about what we saw and what we thought be appropriate options for the governor to consider when this has happened to the UP, « he said » It was only after a few months of sheer frustration that we felt our voice was not being heard in Lansing, and that’s when we got a little more vocal. « 

While not supporting the Green New Deal, Bergman also focuses on environmental protection Bergman touts its ability to “proactively” balance trade initiatives with environmental regulations in the lakes of northern Michigan

“This includes the beauty of the outdoors,” said Bergman “Water, land, wildlife, hunting, fishing I realize our neighborhood is beautifully unique and not everyone wants live as rural and isolated as we do up there « 

He helped secure federal funding to rebuild the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie, including $ 123 million for the 2021 budget

Each year, the locks handle more than 4,500 ships carrying up to 80 million tonnes of cargo Iron ore, limestone and coal are the bulk of what happens on large freighters

On a regulatory front, he pledged to advocate for actions that promote the “safety of our waters,” which included reviewing the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline contract to strengthen environmental protections

« Whether it’s fuel in the water, collapsing bridges, whether it’s invasive species like Asian carp, I won’t allow anyone to do anything of my federal level to endanger the beauty, quality and health of our water « 

Trump wants « all votes to stop, » claims victory as many states – including Michigan – still count the ballots

With early voting results, Trump leads in Michigan – but don’t read too much yet

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