Betty (Betty) McCollum (D-USH04)
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Capitol: 202.225.6631
FAX: 202.225.1968
District: 651.224.9191
District FAX: 651.224.3056
Room 2256 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2304

Residence: St. Paul, MN
Elected: 2000    Next Election: 2018
DOB: 7/12/1954
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Co-ChairCongressional Native American Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Global Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Western Sahara Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sports Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus
Co-ChairInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
Co-ChairFriends of Norway
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Defense
FC MemberTunisia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STARBASE Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Basic Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Campaign Finance Reform Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
FC MemberVeterinary Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Battlefield Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
FC MemberHouse Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Ramsey / Washington


Betty McCollum is a member of Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) serving her ninth term in Congress representing Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District. With her first election in 2000, Rep. McCollum made history as only the second woman elected to serve in Congress from Minnesota since statehood in 1858.

In the U.S. House, McCollum is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee serving on the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment. Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America- 2014 profiles McCollum, stating- "Pleasant, partisan and liberal, McCollum stands up for the priorities of President Barack Obama from her post on the Appropriations Committee." Rep. McCollum has a reputation in Congress as an outspoken voice for economic opportunity, social justice, and fiscal responsibility while championing a progressive agenda for working families, seniors, women, and children. At home in Minnesota, Betty is working to improve our environment, promote excellence in public education, provide quality, affordable health care, and ensure investments in transportation infrastructure to keep our Twin Cities and East metro economy strong and growing. And, with more than twenty higher education institutions in the Fourth District, Betty is committed to keeping tuition affordable for students and families.

In Congress, Betty is a champion for workers' rights, tribal sovereignty for Native Americans, full civil rights for LGBT Americans, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and ensuring all women can access affordable, quality reproductive health care without government interference. A strong supporter of safe and strong communities, McCollum supports federal investments for our first responders and ensuring that America's infrastructure is world class. She supports sensible gun violence prevention legislation which has earned her an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Betty strongly supports a robust U.S. global leadership role in advancing international development, global health and human rights. In the 113th Congress she helped pass legislation to protect young girls from forced marriages in developing countries and is the author of the bipartisan Global Food Security Act to combat hunger. During her career she has championed maternal and child health, poverty alleviation, HIV prevention and treatment efforts, and rights for women and girls.

In the House, Congresswoman McCollum is a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as the ranking Democrat on the Interior-Environment Subcommittee and as member of the Defense Subcommittee. She is also Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Global Health Caucus. McCollum also serves as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment to the National Council on the Arts and characterized as a "strong supporter of public investment in artists, arts organizations, and arts education to strengthen communities and foster economic development." McCollum was elected and served on the North St. Paul City Council from 1987 to 1992. She went on to serve four terms, from 1993 to 2000, in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Betty grew up in South St. Paul, MN. She raised her children in North St. Paul and now she resides in St. Paul. A graduate of St. Catherine University, Betty has worked as a high school social science teacher and in retail sales and management for twenty-five years.

Betty is the mother of two adult children, Sean and Katie.

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