November 8, 1910: Victor Berger, Milwaukee, was elected as the first socialist Congressman. Berger served from 1910 to 1912 and from 1923 to 1929. The controversial politician was elected to Congress two other times but was denied his seat by the House. Berger immigrated to Milwaukee in 1881 from Austria. He shaped the Milwaukee Socialist Party and helped it gain control of the city and county government.