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Bernice Frederic “B.F.” “Bernie” Sisk

Bernice Frederic “B.F.” “Bernie” Sisk (1910-1995) represented the San Joaquin Valley in the U.S. Congress for nearly a quarter of a century from 1955-1978.

A Democrat from Fresno, he focused on agriculture and irrigation, with the San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project cited as his major accomplishment as a congressman. He also served as a member of the Rules Committee. Born and reared in Texas, he helped his father in operating a cotton farm before moving to the San Joaquin Valley in the late 1930s. The San Luis Dam, which created the San Luis Reservoir, a joint-use complex of the California State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project, was renamed the B.F. Sisk Dam in his honor.

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