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


When Betty McCollum was elected to the U.S. House in 2000, she became only the second Minnesota woman since statehood in 1858 to be elected to Congress. Now serving her 11th term representing Minnesota’s 4th District, 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.


McCollum is now a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. She serves as Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee and Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.


In June 2019, the U.S. House passed Chair McCollum’s $37.28 billion Interior-Environment appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020, providing an increase of $7.24 billion over the President’s budget request. This bill provides funding for the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Indian Health Service, National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Gallery of Art.


Passing this bill is a demonstration of McCollum’s leadership for the environment, protecting public lands, and building resilience to climate change. For example, the Land and Water Conservation Fund received a historic $523.9 million, an increase of 16% over 2019 and a 94% increase over the President’s budget. McCollum provided $3.39 billion for the National Park Service, a $168 million increase over 2019. The EPA received a $677 million increase over 2019 with major investments in protecting the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay, as well as increased funding for enforcement to pursue polluters.


McCollum’s bill also protects the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, protects million acres in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from copper-sulfide mining and prohibits oil drilling off the coast of Florida and the Atlantic seaboard.


Prior to Congress, Betty served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000. From 1987 to 1992, she served her neighbors on the North St. Paul City Council. In addition to elected office, Betty'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.


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