Rep. Betty McCollum
Democrat • 4th District, Minnesota • 8th Term • Sworn In 2001
- 2 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 199 of 352) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 3 of 352)
- 65 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 37 of 438) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 41 of 438)
McCollum was born July 12, 1954 in South St. Paul, Minnesota. She first got involved in politics in 1986, when her daughter got hurt on a slide in a North St. Paul city park. The city council wouldn't do anything to fix the slide, so McCollum's neighbors encouraged her to run for a spot on the council herself. She won that November and served three terms. She then won an upset victory over longtime state representative Rick O'Conner, and served four terms in the state house.
In 2000, after 4th District Congressman Bruce Vento decided not to seek a 13th term due to illness (he died before the election), McCollum won the DFL nomination to succeed him. McCollum's main concern was Independence Party of Minnesota candidate Tom Foley. Foley had previously been county attorney for Ramsey County (almost all of which is in the 4th District) as a Democrat. Many thought that Foley could siphon off enough votes from McCollum to allow Republican nomineee, Runbeck, to sneak by and end the long run of Democratic dominance in the district. However, McCollum defeated Runbeck by a solid 17-point margin, with Foley in a distant third place. McCollum was reelected in 2002 and 2004 without serious opposition. Read More...
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Most Recent Sponsored Bills
H.R.570 - Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money on Cuba Broadcasting ActReferred to the House Committee Jan 27, 2015 1 Views
To discontinue Radio Marti and Television Marti broadcasts to Cuba.
H.R.407Referred to the House Committee Jan 20, 2015 0 Views
To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.R.1157Referred to the House Committee Feb 27, 2015 8 Views
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for ...
H.Res.128Referred to House Judiciary Feb 26, 2015 15 Views
Recognizing the significance of the Greensboro Four Sit In.
H.Res.123Sponsor introductory remarks on measure Feb 24, 2015 22 Views
Expressing support for designation of August 6 as National Voting Rights Day.
Recent Voting History
H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Concur in the Senate Amendment: H R 33 Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders ActAye (with party)February 27, 2015
H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H R 240 Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposesAye (with party)February 27, 2015
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
On Passage: H J RES 35 Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposesNay (with party)February 27, 2015