Betty McCollum is a member of Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) serving her ninth 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 Defense and the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment. Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America: 2014 profiles McCollum, stating: “Pleasant, partisan and liberal, McCollum stands up for the priorities of President Barack Obama from her post on the Appropriations Committee.”
Rep. McCollum has a reputation in Congress as an outspoken voice for economic opportunity, social justice, and fiscal responsibility while championing a progressive agenda for working families, seniors, women, and children.
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.
In Congress, Betty is a champion for workers' rights, tribal sovereignty for Native Americans, full civil rights for LGBT Americans, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and ensuring all women can access affordable, quality reproductive health care without government interference. A strong supporter of safe and strong communities, McCollum supports federal investments for our first responders and ensuring that America’s infrastructure is world class. She supports sensible gun violence prevention legislation which has earned her an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Betty strongly supports a robust U.S. global leadership role in advancing international development, global health and human rights. In the 113th Congress she helped pass legislation to protect young girls from forced marriages in developing countries and is the author of the bipartisan Global Food Security Act to combat hunger. During her career she has championed maternal and child health, poverty alleviation, HIV prevention and treatment efforts, and rights for women and girls.
In the House, Congresswoman McCollum is 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. She is also Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Global Health Caucus. McCollum also serves as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appointment to the National Council on the Arts and characterized as a “strong supporter of public investment in artists, arts organizations, and arts education to strengthen communities and foster economic development.”
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.