Biography - A former automotive designer and private and public school teacher, the Honorable Kerry Bentivolio served with the US Army for 27 years full and part-time and is a combat veteran of both Vietnam as an infantry rifleman (1970-71), in Iraq in 2007 in operations for a combat Convoy unit with Michigan National Guard attached to the 82nd Airborne. He served with the 113th United States House of Representatives and the only member of Congress to have served in both Vietnam and Iraq. A House of Representatives historian said he was the "most effective and successful first term congressman in recent memory" (Ref: Oct 2013 Congressional Record). He passed 2 Bills with 100% bi-partisan support and maintained an overall conservative Republican Platform score of 93% as measured by 10 conservative watch dog groups in DC who rate members of Congress.
Kerry is an outspoken defender of the Judeo-Christian faith calling attention to the persecution of Christians and Jews overseas and here in the United States having presented 6 speeches on the floor of congress. He spoke in Taiwan in March 2013 to an international group of religious leaders in support of religious freedom.
Kerry holds a Master's Degree in Education and five undergraduate college majors. Since leaving office he volunteers his time supporting and working with a Hillsdale Charter School, tending his one acre vineyard, his Honey Bee apiary and a garden.
The Congressman Kerry Bentivolio story is not one of deceit or corruption, though his story will have some of that; nor is it about power hungry politicians – both locally and nationally – working against the common good of the American people, though it will have some of that too. Rather, his story can be told in terms easily understood: What happens when a regular citizen finds himself in the extraordinarily irregular spot of being a member of the United States Congress? What happens when an ordinary Joe finds himself in front of a phalanx of reporters? Or when the man bumming a cigarette off of him is the Speaker of House?
Kerry’s story is what life is really like for those elected to represent us, and illuminates why Washington D.C. seems so out of step with the nation as a whole. From envious local politicians scheming to undermine his time in office, to his greatest triumphs in our nation’s capital, the Honorable Kerry Bentivolio is going to tell you what it was like to be blessed with the opportunity to be a real Mister Smith Goes to Washington.
Grilling Doctor Gruber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jK8-wEvct8
Holding Lois Learner in Contempt speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rI7zmnPbkE
OSGF Committee: IRS Abuses of Tea Party Groups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0PUpy0m__g
Funding road and bridge repairs without raising Taxes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4jpJDHlws
When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke