Collin Clark Peterson (born June 29, 1944), is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district, serving since 1991, and the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and is the dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation.
The district, Minnesota's largest and most rural district, includes the entire northwestern area of the state. It includes Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, Willmar, Marshall, and Alexandria.
Early life and education
Collin Peterson was born in Fargo, North Dakota, grew up on a farm in Baker, Minnesota, and received his B.A. at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Peterson was a member of the Minnesota Senate for the ...
... to ‘reduce unnecessary burden on job creators’
Rep. Collin Peterson is pushing a regulatory reform package that has CEOs singing praises and good government groups concerned.
The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 would reform the way federal agencies make rules in order to “reduce unnecessary burdens on job creators.” Opponents of the bill, which was introduced Thursday, say it will stifle health, safety and environmental standards.
Under the proposed legislation, a new regulation would need to have advanced public notice and public comment and be based on ...
The following article is an op-ed article from House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. concerning the dairy industry and the issue of improving the dairy program. "It has been nearly three years since the combination of declining milk prices and escalating input costs devastated the dairy industry. Many producers were forced out of business while others just barely managed to survive. The dairy safety net did not work in 2009 and it won’t work if similar events occur now. Current dairy programs are not keeping pace with the challenges facing today’s ...
U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, today introduced The Dairy Security Act of 2011. The legislation will replace current, outdated dairy programs with new risk management tools addressing the realities of today’s dairy industry, such as rising input costs and a growing export market.
“If we have another crisis like we had in 2009, when milk prices dropped and input costs skyrocketed, I fear we could lose half our dairies. The dairy safety net did not work then and it won’t work if similar events occur ...
Peterson Announces Investment in Fergus Falls Planning Efforts Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced a $55,000 investment to assist Fergus Falls in planning for future changes associated with Otter Tail Power Company’s Hoot Lake Power Plant closure scheduled for 2021.
“This investment will allow the City of Fergus Falls and its partners to study the financial, environmental and land use impacts of the plant closure,” Peterson said. “These studies, which cover a large geographic footprint, will help the City and other stakeholders partner with the utility as it identifies mutually beneficial development opportunities for the plant site, which sits within the larger footprint.”
"Fergus Falls appreciates the support from Representative Peterson, along with the many others, who helped secure the funding,” said Amy Baldwin, Executive Director of the Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission. “These planning activities will help ensure that Fergus Falls is prepared for coming changes.”
The funding was made ava
Peterson Named Guardian of Small Business Congressman Collin C. Peterson today received the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for the 114th Congress. This award is given to members of Congress for their support of America’s small business owners.
“Starting and successfully running a small business can be incredibly challenging, especially in today’s economy,” Peterson said. “I believe it is important to support our small businesses, their employees and the benefits they provide to our local communities.”
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan said. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Peterson is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently wit
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 9/30/2016 Dear Friends,
I was glad to see several important pieces of legislation approved by Congress before returning to Minnesota for the October district work period. Bills to help protect our veterans, support our businesses, and improve water infrastructure were passed this week. I also welcomed meetings with several groups to discuss upcoming legislation and the farm bill, including visits with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association, White Earth Nation, the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, and Pheasants Forever. I look forward to spending this month in the communities and neighborhoods that make our district a great place to live.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
Access to affordable electricity is a fundamental necessity to a strong rural economy. The Minnesota Rural Electric Association works to keep electricity bills low and I was pleased to meet with them on Tuesday to discuss various issues facin
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/7/2016 October leaves in Minnesota
This week I visited Moorhead for Public Power Week to celebrate some great examples of local energy development, including the Capture the Sun Community Solar Garden project built by Moorhead Public Service. This week is also Manufacturing Week and my staff attended a Manufacturers Breakfast event in Fergus Falls and met with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program to help empower our communities and workforce. I’m also pleased this week to announce significant federal aid for the District: nearly $13 million from USDA for several community projects and, following my efforts, $2.1 million in funding to repair electrical utilities damaged during a severe winter storm in April 2013.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Public Power Week
David Hallman (MOORHEAD), Capture the Sun Community Solar Garden
On Tuesday, I visited Moorhead to attend the ribbon cutting for an award-winning, 40-kilowatt Capture the Sun