Betty (Betty) McCollum (D-04)

US Representative Betty McCollum

Betty (Betty) McCollum (D-04)
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Capitol: 202.225.6631
FAX: 202.225.1968
District: 651.224.9191
Room 2256 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2304
661 LaSalle Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
Residence:St. Paul, MN

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Defense
Co-ChairCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Western Sahara Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sports Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberU.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus
Co-ChairInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
Co-ChairFriends of Norway
Vice ChairHouse Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Battlefield Caucus
FC MemberTunisia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Basic Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STARBASE Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Campaign Finance Reform Caucus
FC MemberVeterinary Medicine Caucus
FC MemberTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
FC MemberHouse Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional ALS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberJoint Congressional Arctic Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberIndependent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus


Betty McCollum is a Democrat representing the families of Minnesota's Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota's capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County. Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, along with a strong national defense. Education, health care, and investments in transportation infrastructure are top policy priorities for Minnesota families and the Congresswoman. With over 20 institutions of higher learning located in the Fourth District, keeping higher education affordable, accessible, and high-quality is important. A strong proponent of public education, she supports keeping our schools accountable to parents and local officials. McCollum is a champion for universal health coverage for all Americans and a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Following a decade of work and almost $1 billion of federal investment, she welcomed the opening of the "Green Line" light rail corridor between St. Paul and Minneapolis, along with the restoration of the historic Union Depot as a multi-modal transit hub. In the 117th Congress, Congresswoman McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her work as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as Chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Defense Subcommittee, and as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee. Protecting clean air and water, wild lands, and our nation's natural treasures for future generations are among McCollum's top priorities as she leads the Interior-Environment Subcommittee. In fiscal year 2019, the subcommittee appropriated over $35.9 billion. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and several other related agencies were among those funded by the subcommittee. As Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, McCollum believes national security starts by ensuring that the women and men of the Armed Forces are the most skilled and best trained and equipped fighting force in the world. McCollum has focused on giving priority to military health care, ending military sexual assault, and supporting international military-to-military cooperation to prevent conflicts. In 2016, the subcommittee appropriated more than $500 billion for the Departments of the Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, National Guard, Office of Secretary of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other related national security agencies. Prior to Congress, Congresswoman McCollum served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000 and was elected Assistant Leader three times by her Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party colleagues. From 1987 to 1992, she served her neighbors on the North St. Paul City Council. In addition to elected office, Congresswoman McCollum's career has included teaching high school social science, as well as, twenty-five years in retail sales and management. She is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine, and the mother of two adult children. Congresswoman McCollum is a Minnesota native who grew up in South St. Paul, raised her family in North St. Paul, and now lives in St. Paul.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2000    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 7/12/1954
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