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 MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
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 MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
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 MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger 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 MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Ramsey / Washington


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 115th Congress, Congresswoman McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her work as 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.

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-Subcommittee. In 2016, the subcommittee appropriated over $30 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 a member 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.

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