Why He Matters
After serving as a North Dakota state legislator for 26 years, Berg rode anti-incumbent sentiment to victory in the 2010 midterm elections. He ousted longtime Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), who had been North Dakota's at-large representative since 1992.
During the quarter-century Berg represented the Fargo area, he also ran a commercial real estate firm there. His pro-business bona fides, combined with conservative positions on energy and government spending, made him a favorite of influential national Republicans, who recruited him to run for Congress.