Douglas Bereuter represented eastern Nebraska from 1979-2004. A Republican, Bereuter served as a member of the House International Relations Committee, where he was vice chairman for six years.
Amoung notable legislative acheivements, Bereuter was co-author of the Bereuter-Levin Amendment, which proposed a commission to monitor human rights concerns, making possible the passage of the act granting permanent Normal Trading Relations for China. He also sponsored the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004, designed to “reduce losses to properties for which repetitive flood insurance claim payments have been made.”
A member of the House Select Committee on Hunger for its entire period of existence, Bereuter is well-known for his for global hunger and agriculture initiatives. He started the USAID Farmers-to-Farmers program, which provides voluntary technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing and transitional countries to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing.
During his congressional career, Bereuter chaired the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee for the maximum limit of six years, chaired the Europe Subcommittee immediately before his departure, was ranking minority member of the Human Rights Subcommittee for six years and had a long tenure on its Subcomittee on Economic Policy & Trade. Bereuter also served nearly 10 years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, retiring as its vice chairman.
In 2003 Bereuter announced that he would not seek reelection, and resigned in 2004 to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Foundation. During his tenure at the foundation, Bereuter led a six-year period of growth in programing and reputation. He retired from that position in 2011. Currently he serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and as the Board Chairman-Elect of the Arbor Day Foundation. He is also on the boards of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative Board, the Logistics Management Institute, and the Nebraska Foundation.
Prior to his election to Congress in 1978, Bereuter served one four-year term as a Nebraska State Senator. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska and has masters’ degrees in City Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he served on the school’s Visiting Committee and was the first elected official to receive its Outstanding Alumni Award.