IOWA (KWWL) -- Longtime Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell died Saturday following a severe stroke.
According to Bedell's son, Tom Bedell, he suffered a severe stroke December 4.
Bedell, a Democrat, represented Iowa's 6th district in Congress from 1975 to 1987. He also served as a subcommittee chair on the House Agriculture Committee.
Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted his condolences to the family Saturday:
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Fourth District Chair Penny Rosfjord released a statement in response to Bedell's passing:
“Berkley Bedell was the embodiment of a dedicated public servant. As a stalwart of progressive politics in Northwest Iowa, his work to uphold farm families during the Farm Crisis, boost the middle class, and provide a fair shot for all has impacted countless Iowans. A true prairie populist, his value-driven policies united Iowans and inspired generations of future Democrats. Our state is a better place because of his leadership, and his dedication to community will be missed. Our thoughts are with the Bedell family.”