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The U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001.
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ENG: Betty Louise McCollum (born July 12, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. She is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). The district centers on St. Paul, Minnesota's capital city. She is the second woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. Early life, education and career McCollum was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the older sister to Anthony and Monica. She is divorced and has two children. McCollum has worked as a high school social sciences teacher and as a sales manager. 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 ...
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Proposed DFL redistricting map irks McCollum


The Minnesota DFL Party submitted a congressional redistricting plan Friday that would place Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum into a district with GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is currently running for the GOP presidential nomination, but hasn't ruled out another run for Congress. The plan has prompted McCollum's chief of staff to send an e-mail criticizing the proposal. "The DFL Chair and his high-paid lawyers have proposed a congressional map to the redistricting panel that is hyper-partisan and bizarre," McCollum's chief of staff Bill Harper said in the email. "Their plan ignores the ...


McCollum blames Tea Party for nation's political gridlock


Mary Leary, a small business owner from Mendota Heights, isn't much concerned with the volatility currently gripping Wall Street. The partisanship and structural gridlock in national American politics are what's on her mind.She was one of more than 100 who gathered in St. Paul Tuesday night for Congresswoman Betty McCollum's town hall meeting. "It's more of the gridlock that has become really, really bad," Leary said as she waited to see McCollum, a politician she admires. "It's lethal." Constituents worried about rollercoaster stock markets, near government default, a potentially broken ...


Betty McCollum: What's wrong with the TRAIN act


Congressmember Betty McCollum joined local environmentalists and representatives from the American Lung Association September 29 at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul in opposition to a bill recently passed by the U.S. House, which she said would delay the cleanup of dangerous mercury and toxic pollutants from power plants.The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act was passed September 23. The TRAIN Act — which environmentalists are calling it the “train wreck”— will require a federal interagency committee to analyze the cumulative impact of ...


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McCollum Statement on Veterans Day
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement ahead of the observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11: “For more than 200 years, the United States Armed Forces have bravely served and sacrificed to protect the ideals that we value and the freedoms that we cherish as Americans. “On Veterans Day, we honor the service of all the women and men who serve and have served in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, and Navy. We also reflect on the tremendous sacrifice made by their family members and loved ones. Today, we also pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  As we honor their bravery, we pray for the family members, loved ones, friends, and comrades they leave behind. “More than saluting their service and memorializing their sacrifice, as a country we have a moral obligation to take care of our veterans when they return home.  I am proud of the work we have done together fo
McCollum Statement on Charges in Philando Castile Shooting
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged a St. Anthony Police Officer in the July shooting death of Philando Castile: “After the shooting of Philando Castile in July, I called for a Justice Department investigation to establish the facts of this case and ensure appropriate accountability. With assistance from the Justice Department, County Attorney John Choi and state and local law enforcement have conducted a thorough and fair investigation. “Today’s announcement of charges against the officer involved is a step in the process of accountability for Mr. Castile’s death.  The forthcoming criminal trial will offer transparency to the public, while allowing a judge and jury to make the ultimate determination in this case. “As this case proceeds through the criminal justice system, we must continue to work together to build a stronger, more trusting relationship between our police and the communitie
McCollum Statement on 2016 National Native American Heritage Month
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement in commemoration of National Native American Heritage Month, which is proclaimed each November: "Each November, we celebrate the contributions of First Americans with National Native American Heritage Month. The people of the 567 diverse, federally recognized tribal nations – including the 11 Ojibwe and Dakota nations in Minnesota – play a complex and vital role in our nation’s history, and make our communities and our country stronger today. "Despite centuries of violent discrimination and abusive policies, our country’s Native American cultures and nations have endured.  Tribal governments and Native communities have made monumental progress. Our federal trust relationship with tribal nations has grown stronger in the current era of self-governance among Native American tribes—a  proud accomplishment that will continue to require the federal government’s full and respectful engagement. "As a co-ch
McCollum Remarks on Appointment of Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor this afternoon about President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, the former Executive Editor of Breitbart News and a leader of the alt-right movement, as chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House: “Donald Trump’s hateful campaign has divided our nation. After the election, Mr. Trump promised Americans that he would ‘bind the wounds of division.’ “Yet his appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist is proof of the ugly direction Mr. Trump intends to take our country. Bannon built his media career catering to white supremacists and anti-Semites. The fact that Republicans have been silent on Bannon’s appointment is a disturbing sign. It shows that the Republican Party has embraced Trump’s campaign agenda of blatant sexism, racial bigotry, and religious intolerance. “This un-American ideology must be confronted both here in Congres



 
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