Doug Bereuter

admin 2003, Legislative

Inducted: 2003 Throughout his 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Doug Bereuter has been an outstanding champion of cooperatives, both in his home state of Nebraska and overseas. His steadfast leadership has greatly enhanced international cooperative development and has helped create new business opportunities for U.S. cooperatives. Bereuter’s work includes leading the effort for passage of landmark …

Charles Stenholm

admin 1998, Legislative

Inducted:1998 Charlie Stenholm, a cotton producer elected to Congress in 1978, has been a leading supporter of cooperative initiatives for the past 20 years. Prior to his election, he was President of the Texas Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Executive Vice President of the Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association. In all roles he has demonstrated outstanding innovation, dedication, and determination …

Orville L. Freeman

admin 1993, Legislative

Orville L. Freeman Inducted:1993 Orville L. Freeman has been a dynamic force in cooperatives in the United States for more than 40 years. Freeman served for three terms as Governor of Minnesota, and served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 1961 to 1969. As Governor, Freeman worked endlessly to develop cooperatives in Minnesota, and was a …

Chalmers P. Wylie

admin 1990, Legislative

(1920 – 1998) Inducted:1990 Congressman Chalmers P. Wylie, long a champion of the cooperative form of business enterprise in the halls of Congress, was the key person in marshaling the crucially needed bipartisan support to pass the legislation creating the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) to finance and assist in building consumer cooperatives. Later, as ranking minority member of the House …

Ed Jones

admin 1989, Legislative

Congressman Ed Jones Inducted:1989 Ed Jones’ devoted legislative leadership on behalf of rural Americans and his support of cooperatives spans many decades. He was an active member of his local credit and telephone cooperatives. For many years he was president of the Yorkville Telephone Cooperative, and served on the board of the National Telephone Cooperative Association for 12 years. During …

Fernand St Germain

admin 1981, Legislative

Fernand St Germain Inducted:1981 Congressman Fernand J. St Germain was chairman of the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs that handles a wide range of issues related to consumers. During his tenure on this committee, he consistently championed consumer cooperatives. It was he who in 1978 introduced legislation to create the National Consumer Cooperative Bank. When federal administrative …

Andrew J. Volstead

admin 1979, Legislative

Inducted:1979 Minnesota Representative Andrew Volstead was an earnest creator and supporter of the ‘farmer cooperative Magna Charta’, the Capper-Volstead Act. He was a student of cooperatives in this country and abroad, and believed that co-ops were appropriate instruments for the advance of small farmer welfare. His tenure in Congress covered years when the nation’s farmer marketing co-ops were still in …

Hubert H. Humphrey

admin 1978, Legislative

Hubert H. Humphrey Inducted:1978 As a U.S. Senator and Vice President and a long-time issue-shaping political figure, Hubert Humphrey was a staunch and outspoken friend of cooperatives. He was a legislative ally of farm cooperatives and repeatedly defended the Capper-Volstead Act. He supported the development programs of electric and telephone cooperatives. He also gave his support to co-op interests in …