Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren

July 2, 2019

Former Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell, a prairie populist who represented northwest Iowa for 12 years, has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president.

“I’m thankful for the many great Democratic candidates running for president, but one rises above the rest for her passion and her fighting spirit. I’m endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president, and I invite you to join me,” Bedell said. “I am 98 years old now, and my heart cries out for my grandchildren over our broken government and the degradation of our planet. Elizabeth has the grit, the determination and the plans to make the changes we need to secure our country and our world for our grandchildren.”

Bedell, of Spirit Lake, represented Iowa’s 6th District in Congress from 1975 to 1987, and has remained active in Democratic politics since his retirement. He founded Berkley Fishing, a fishing tackle company, as a teenager in Spirit Lake.

I’m honored to have Berkley’s support in our campaign for big, structural change and opportunity for all,” Warren said. “Whether speaking out against the Vietnam and Iraq wars, defending family farmers or challenging corporate power, Berkley has always led with principle and represented the best of Iowa.