Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BEDELL, Berkley Warren (1921-2019)

BEDELL, BERKLEY WARREN, a Representative from Iowa; born in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, March 5, 1921; educated in Spirit Lake public schools; graduated, Spirit Lake High School, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 1939; attended Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1940-1942; engaged in fishing tackle business; founder and chairman of Berkley & Co., Spirit Lake; served in United States Army, first lieutenant, 1942-1945; member, Spirit Lake Board of Education, 1957-1962; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; delegate to Iowa State Democratic conventions, 1972-1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1987); was not a candidate for reelection in 1986; died on December 7, 2019, in Naples, Fla.

Iowa State University
University Archives
Ames, IA
Papers: 1974-1985, 300 linear feet.
The Berkley Bedell collection includes congressional files, correspondence, special mailing, constituency letters, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs dealing with Berkley Bedell's career as a legislator. The files are from his congressional office in Washington as well as from his Iowa office in Mason City. An inventory is available in the repository.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1982-1984, 17 commercials on 1 videocassette.
The commercials used during Berkley Warren Bedell's campaigns for the 1982 and 1984 U.S. congressional elections in District 6 of Iowa, Democrat Party.

  • Ramey, Larry and Daniel Haley, Tackling Giants: The Life Story of Berkley Bedell. Winfield, KS: National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, 2005.