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 The legislation will replace current, outdated dairy programs with new risk management tools addressing the realities of today’s dairy industry, such as rising input costs and a growing export market.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 ...
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/3/2017 Downtown Benson
As we look ahead to the next farm bill, it is important to hear diverse, on-the-ground input from producers and stakeholders. This week, the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sorghum Producers and the Minnesota Barley Growers visited my Washington office to discuss farm bill policies. My staff visited with the North Country Food Bank to learn about their community efforts to feed the hungry, and I announced the 20 Democratic Members who will be serving on the Agriculture Committee this Congress. I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committee members on both sides of the aisle to develop good farm and food policy for Minnesota.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Minnesota Rural Electric Association
On Tuesday, I spoke to members of the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) about keeping energy costs down in our rural communities. MREA provides affordable and reliable electricity through several
Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/10/2017 Dear Friends,
As your Representative here in Congress, it is my utmost priority to reflect the values that make Minnesota great. I take this responsibility seriously, which is why I continue to encourage every Minnesotan to share their concerns, thoughts, and recommendations. This week brought many groups in from Minnesota to discuss their own priorities, including the Minnesota Rural Water Association, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Community Coalition, the Minnesota State Forester, and the MN Small Business Development Centers. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to reach out to my office; I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Sincerely,Congressman Collin C. PetersonMinnesota 7th District
Minnesota Narcotics Task Force
This week I met with members of Minnesota’s Narcotics Task Forces stationed across the state. These fine law enforcement officers specialize in keep drugs of Minnesota’s streets. We discussed the state of law enfor
Peterson, Davis, Noem, and Loebsack Lead Call for Strong RFS (Washington DC) – Congressional Biofuels Caucus Co-chairs Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD), and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA), led Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Trump Administration about the importance of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In their letter to President Trump the lawmakers emphasized the economic benefits of the RFS saying, “In 2015 alone, the RFS is directly responsible for creating nearly 86,000 jobs ranging from farms to equipment manufacturers to ethanol production facilities.” The letter encourages the administration to create certainty in the market by continuing its commitment to the RFS.
“As a co-chair of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, it is important to remind the new Administration of its commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and how it creates jobs and strengthens rural economies,” Peterson said. “I am pleased with the bipartisan support for
Peterson Statement on Trump Administration Executive Order Congressman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration:
“In the past I have supported increased vetting of those wishing to enter our country. That said, I have reservations with how the Administration has gone about this process with a broad stroke of the pen, instead of working with Congress to ensure a dialogue and getting to a sensible solution that protects Americans at home and our troops abroad while maintaining our core values and respect for Constitutional rights.”