Collin (Collin) Peterson (D-USH07)
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Capitol: 202.225.2165
FAX: 202.225.1593
District: 507.537.2299
Room 2204 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2307

Residence: Detroit Lakes, MN
Elected: 1990    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 6/29/1944
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Agriculture
Co-ChairMilitary Veterans Caucus
Co-ChairLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberProperty Rights Action Caucus (PRAC)
Co-ChairRural Veterans Caucus
FC MemberSecond Amendment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soybean Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional 4-H Caucus
Co-ChairMississippi River Valley and Tributaries Caucus
ChairmanHouse Universal Service Fund Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Pilot's Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Working Forests Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Franchise Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Nordic Countries
Co-ChairRock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Business Owners Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Musicians Caucus
Co-ChairHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Motorcycle Caucus
FC MemberHouse Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
FC MemberAppalachian Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Hospitals Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Civil Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
FC MemberCongressional History Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
FC MemberCongressional Air Medical Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberHouse Sugar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Housing Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
FC MemberCongressional Quality Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
FC MemberHouse Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Civility and Respect Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Switzerland
FC MemberFriends of Finland Congressional Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soils Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberBlue Dog Coalition
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Becker / Beltrami / Big Stone / Chippewa / Clay / Clearwater / Cottonwood / Douglas / Grant / Kandiyohi / Kittson / Lac Qui Parle / Lake Of The Wood / Lincoln / Lyon / Mahnomen / Marshall / McLeod / Meeker / Murray / Norman / Otter Tail / Pennington / Pipestone / Polk / Pope / Red Lake / Redwood / Renville / Roseau / Sibley / Stearns / Stevens / Swift / Todd / Traverse / Wilkin / Yellow Medicine


Collin Peterson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota in 1990. His primarily rural and agricultural district reaches from the Canadian border in the north, almost to the Iowa state line in the south; along Minnesota's border with North and South Dakota. Peterson is Ranking Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over a wide range of agriculture and rural development issues, including the Farm Bill, renewable energy, disaster assistance, nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, rural development, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, agricultural research, bioterrorism, forestry, and others.

Congressman Peterson grew up on a farm near Glyndon, Minnesota and was educated in the local public schools. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1966 with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting, and also served in the North Dakota National Guard from 1963 to 1969. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, he was a Certified Public Accountant and small business owner in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and also served for ten years in the Minnesota State Senate.

In the 1960's, Peterson also found time to play guitar and sing with a band known as "Collin and the Establishment." He is a musician, and in recent years he has performed with Willie Nelson at Farm Aid concerts, jazz legend Lonnie Brooks, with several other Members of Congress at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and with rock guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter at several Washington, D.C. venues. He is a member of the American Legion's Ninth District Band.

Peterson has organized and played in Congressional rock bands, including The Amendments and the Second Amendments. He and his colleagues have performed at charity events in Washington DC. The Second Amendments also performed for U.S. troops in Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and performed at WE Fest in Minnesota and Farm Aid in Illinois.

Peterson is a private pilot who often flies his own single-engine plane to get around his large district and visit with his constituency. He also is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing whenever time permits.

During his public service career, Peterson has been a strong advocate for farmers and small business owners, and a leader on both federal tax policy and conservation issues. He has been a leader on the last three Farm Bills passed by Congress. He is a founding member of the conservative Democrats' "Blue Dog" Coalition, which continues to be a voice for fiscal responsibility and pragmatic government policies. Peterson is the most senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture and currently serves as its Ranking Member. He previously served as Chairman in the 110th and 111th Congresses and as Ranking Member in the 109th Congress.

Peterson has taken a leading role in Congress promoting biofuels as a homegrown way for America to meet its growing energy needs, and he has introduced legislation to expand biofuel production and use. Peterson's leadership led to the successful passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, which preserved the safety net for farmers while making historic new investments in food, farm and conservation programs that are priorities for all Americans.