About Betty

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum: Serving Minnesota Families

Betty McCollum is a member of Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) serving her tenth 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 Agriculture, the Subcommittee on Defense, and chairing the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment. As Chair, she is the top Democrat with budget power over the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies including Indian Health Services, the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, and others.

Rep. McCollum has a reputation in Congress as an outspoken voice for social justice and human rights. That's why she authored the Promoting Human Rights By Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act (H.R. 4391). This bill would end the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars by the Israeli military for the detention and abuse of Palestinian children. 

In Congress, Betty is a champion for workers' rights, tribal sovereignty for Native Americans, full civil rights for LGBT Americans, environmental protection and combating climate change. She fights to protect Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act from attacks by President Trump and Republicans. She also wants to ensure all women can access affordable, quality reproductive health care without government interference. She supports sensible gun violence prevention legislation, which has earned her an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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.

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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