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Rep. Betty McCollum (D)

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Phone: 202-225-6631

Address: 1714 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (651) 224-9191

Address: 165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul MN 55102-4613

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Betty McCollum Biography
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  • Elected: 2000, 7th term.
  • District: Minnesota 4
  • Born: Jul. 12, 1954, Minneapolis
  • Home: St. Paul
  • Education:

    Inver Hills Comm. Col., A.A. 1980, Col. of St. Catherine, B.A. 1987

  • Professional Career:

    Teacher; Retail sales & management.

  • Political Career:

    N. St. Paul City Cncl., 1986-92; MN House, 1992-2000.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Divorced; 2 children

Democrat Betty McCollum, first elected in 2000, is an ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, whom she calls a mentor. McCollum on occasion has the same effect on Republicans as the polarizing Pelosi, most prominently with her push to end the military’s sponsorship of NASCAR as a cost-cutting move. Read More

Democrat Betty McCollum, first elected in 2000, is an ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, whom she calls a mentor. McCollum on occasion has the same effect on Republicans as the polarizing Pelosi, most prominently with her push to end the military’s sponsorship of NASCAR as a cost-cutting move.

McCollum grew up in North St. Paul and graduated from the College of St. Catherine. She was a substitute social studies teacher while working as a retail sales manager at a Sears department store. She was also raising two children. After her daughter suffered a fractured skull on a slide in a city park, McCollum worked with the city of North St. Paul to make repairs. She ran for the North St. Paul City Council and lost. In 1986, she ran again and was elected. McCollum served until 1992, when she was elected to the state House of Representatives after defeating incumbents in both the primary and general elections.

In February 2000, Democratic Rep. Bruce Vento announced that he had malignant mesothelioma and would not seek reelection. He died eight months later. McCollum was endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in the September primary. She faced three opponents, but with the DFL’s endorsement, McCollum won easily, with 50% to 23% for state Sen. Steve Novak.

Republicans nominated state Sen. Linda Runbeck, a vigorously anti-abortion candidate. McCollum backed prescription drug coverage under Medicare and opposed tax cuts before Congress paid down the national debt. Runbeck, who opposed gun control and took conservative positions on health care and education, attacked McCollum and her Democratic allies for running “hateful, vicious attack ads.” This was a three-way race, thanks to the candidacy of former Ramsey County prosecutor Tom Foley, a longtime DFLer who ran on the ticket of Gov. Jesse Ventura’s Independence Party. Once again, McCollum won unexpectedly easily, 48%-31%, with 21% for Foley.

In the House, McCollum has a consistently liberal voting record. With Pelosi’s help, she has secured some plums, including a role as a senior whip and in 2006, the Appropriations Committee seat that had been held by former Rep. Martin Sabo, a Minnesota Democrat. She is also one of three House members appointed to serve on the National Council on the Arts.

Her decision to offer an unsuccessful amendment to a budget bill in February 2011 to end military sponsorships in sports—including NASCAR, a passion in the GOP-dominated South—raised her profile considerably. She later told The New York Times, “The Defense Department said it didn’t have anything that could be cut. Seven million dollars to sponsor a car and we’re cutting cops, we’re cutting teachers, we’re cutting programs for homeless vets?” The move triggered hate mail and angry blog posts, but the Army joined the Navy and Marine Corps in 2013 in abandoning the sponsorships. McCollum later drew more attention when she tangled with her home-state GOP colleague Michele Bachmann, the doyenne of the tea party movement, over Bachmann’s House-passed bill in March 2012 to build a $700 million bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin. McCollum had backed a cheaper alternative.

McCollum has led efforts to change lawmakers’ thinking about the World Bank, and she founded a caucus advocating more dialogue with the global financier. She has noted that Congress and the bank are involved in many of the same overseas efforts, including fighting poverty and AIDS. She urged President Barack Obama in 2012 to nominate to head the World Bank an American with an understanding of helping women in Third World countries; she later said Obama “hit a home run” by nominating Jim Young Kim, a Korean-American physician with a background in health care overseas.

An important local project for McCollum has been the Central Corridor, an 11-mile, light-rail link between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. She had secured an initial $2 million for the project and was incensed when conservative Republicans targeted proposed additional funding as pork barrel spending. She and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty clashed over her insistence that he sign a statement supporting congressional funding for the project. When Pawlenty vetoed a companion state funding plan in 2008, the project seemed dead; McCollum helped to keep it alive by securing $20 million in the omnibus fiscal 2009 spending bill to cover the final design work. An agreement was reached in 2011 for the project to move forward, and it is scheduled to begin service in 2014.

McCollum has been reelected easily.

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Betty McCollum Election Results
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2012 General
Betty McCollum (D)
Votes: 216,685
Percent: 62.36%
Tony Hernandez (R)
Votes: 109,659
Percent: 31.56%
Steve Carlson
Votes: 21,135
Percent: 6.08%
2012 Primary
Betty McCollum (D)
Votes: 27,291
Percent: 84.19%
Diana Longrie
Votes: 3,212
Percent: 9.91%
Brian Stalboerger (D)
Votes: 1,913
Percent: 5.9%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (59%), 2008 (68%), 2006 (70%), 2004 (57%), 2002 (62%), 2000 (48%)
Betty McCollum Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 90 (L) : 9 (C) 83 (L) : 16 (C) 87 (L) : 12 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 66 (L) : 32 (C) 89 (L) : 8 (C) 78 (L) : 18 (C)
Composite 84.7 (L) : 15.3 (C) 88.8 (L) : 11.2 (C) 85.8 (L) : 14.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV7489
CFG129
ITIC-50
NTU1314
20112012
COC20-
ACLU-84
ACU54
ADA8095
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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