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Collin Peterson
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U.S. House, Minnesota, District 7
In office
January 3, 1991-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 24
PredecessorArlan Stangeland (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$7.57 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$5,638,331
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota State Senate
Bachelor'sMoorhead State University
Military service
Service/branchMinnesota Army National Guard
Years of service1963-1969
Date of birthJune 29, 1944
Place of birthFargo, ND
Net worth(2012) $1,602,008.50
Office website
Campaign website
Collin Clark Peterson (b. June 29, 1944, in Fargo, ND) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 7th Congressional District. Peterson was first elected to the House in 1990.

He defeated challenger Torrey Westrom (R) in the general election.[1] Peterson ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2]

Peterson was previously a member of the Minnesota State Senate, serving from 1977 to 1986.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Peterson is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Peterson was born in 1944 in Fargo, North Dakota. He earned his B.A. from Moorhead State University in 1966, also serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969. Prior to his political career, Peterson worked as an accountant.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Peterson's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Peterson serves on the following committees:[4]


Peterson served on the following committees:[5]


Peterson served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Peterson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[9][10] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[10] Peterson dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[9][10]


Yea3.png Peterson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Peterson voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngPeterson voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Peterson supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


2013 Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png The comprehensive farm bill failed in the House due largely in part to the votes of 8 Democratic House members who joined the Republican majority to vote down the measure.[13] Reps. Peterson, John Barrow, Sanford Bishop, Cheri Bustos, Sean Maloney, Mike McIntyre, Bill Owens, and Tim Walz were the 8 Democratic members who voted to reject the bill.[13] According to analysis by OpenSecrets.org, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies.[13] Five of the eight are on the House Agriculture Committee--Peterson, Bustos, Maloney, McIntyre and Walz-- from which agribusiness firms routinely target committee members with sizable contributions.[13]

Peterson recently expressed frustration with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor while at Farmfest in Minnesota. Peterson said Cantor is the main roadblock to get a farm bill passed. He added, "I don't get along with that guy and I don't know what to do about him."[14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Peterson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Peterson voted for HR 2775.[18]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Immigration Executive Order

Nay3.png Peterson opposed an amendment that would prohibit funding for the "Morton Memos," which relax enforcement of immigration laws.[19]



Nay3.png Peterson opposed repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[19]

Social issues

House vote on abortion ban

Yea3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196 on HR1797, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[20][21][22] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic, as the Senate was not expected to take up the bill, and the White House threatened to veto the legislation.[23] Peterson was one of six Democratic members who voted in favor of the ban.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Peterson voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats who voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]


On The Issues Vote Match

Collin Peterson Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Peterson is a Moderate Populist. Peterson received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 34 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[27]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[27][28]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[28]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[28]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Peterson was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[28]

Campaign themes


The following issues were highlighted on Peterson's campaign website:[29]

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "I have worked to secure the biggest increase in veterans’ benefits in our nation’s history. I’ve also worked with communities across the 7th District to build Veterans Homes and Veterans Clinics so that veterans and their families don’t have to drive for hours just to get the health care services they need."[29]

  • Agriculture

Excerpt: "As Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, I put together a coalition to pass a 2008 Farm Bill that offered a strong safety net for farmers."[29]

  • Education

Excerpt: "I’ve worked to expand educational opportunities in Minnesota by working to secure more funding for Pell Grants and land grant colleges, securing funding for nursing programs at Bemidji State University, securing funding for research programs at the University of Minnesota Morris, and securing funding for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Minnesota Crookston."[29]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Health care reform is an important goal for our country, and I have always supported reform that will bring down the cost of health care without increasing our country’s growing debt. Now that President Obama has signed the landmark health care reform bill, I will work hard to make sure that the bill is implemented fairly."[29]

  • Wall Street Reform

Excerpt: "In the 2010 Congress I was deeply involved in writing the Peterson-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform bill that passed the House. The bill would prevent the kind of excessive speculation on Wall Street that caused the world-wide financial system meltdown at the end of 2008 and led to taxpayer-funded bailouts and the ongoing recession."[29]

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. In Congress, I voted for the “get tough” immigration bill to secure our borders, increase the number of security personnel, and build an extended border fence along our southern border. We need to give law enforcement officials more resources to capture and deport people who are in this country illegally."[29]

Political positions


Peterson was one of 34 Democrats in the U.S. House to vote against the Affordable Care Act, informally known as "Obamacare," in 2010. Out of these 34 U.S. Representatives, Peterson was one of only four Democratic incumbents who both held their seats and decided to run for re-election in 2014.[30] Although Peterson consistently voted against full repeal of the bill, he sided with Republicans on about half of the healthcare bills voted on since 2011. While he does not support the bill as a whole, he maintains that there are some good aspects, and that a full repeal is not the best option because it "repeals pre-existing conditions, it repeals all the good stuff, kids on their parents’ policies, the Medicare donut hole … by doing that, you’re getting rid of the good stuff."[31] Peterson's challenger in the 2014 general election, Torrey Westrom (R), attacked Peterson for voting against repeal, saying that he "failed the hard working families, farmers and small business owners of rural Minnesota."[31]



See also: Minnesota's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Peterson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 7th District. Peterson ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2] He defeated Torrey Westrom (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 54.2% 130,546
     Republican Torrey Westrom 45.7% 109,955
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 334
Total Votes 240,835
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Peterson's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[32] The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts then held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Peterson's district ranked as the 5th most Republican (45% D).[33]

Peterson was being targeted in a series of ads by the National Republican Congressional Committee calling on Minnesota voters to vote out the Blue Dog Democrat in 2014. The ad alleged Peterson was a career politician and to blame for "the crippling gridlock and dysfunction in Washington," according to NRCC spokeswoman Alleigh Marre.[34] He was also targeted in ads run by the American Future Fund. The ad buy totaled nearly $100,000 and ran in December 2013.[35]

On November 21, 2013, a fundraising breakfast was held to benefit Peterson's 2014 campaign. The breakfast featured House members Nancy Pelosi, George Miller, Sander Levin and Steve Israel, among others.[36]


See also: Minnesota's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Peterson won re-election in 2012.[37] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and he defeated Republican Lee Byberg and independent candidate Adam Steele in the November general election.[38]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 60.4% 197,791
     Republican Lee Byberg 34.8% 114,151
     Independence Adam Steele 4.7% 15,298
     NA Write-in 0.1% 336
Total Votes 327,576
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


Peterson was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.[39]

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Peterson attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Peterson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Peterson raised a total of $7,223,946 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[51]

Collin Peterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $1,585,615
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $1,129,343
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $1,174,500
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $1,218,264
2006 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $938,128
2004 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $422,906
2002 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $417,249
2000 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 7) Won $337,941
Grand Total Raised $7,223,946

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Peterson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Peterson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,585,615 and spent $1,569,350.[52] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[53]

Cost per vote

Peterson spent $12.02 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7, 2014 - Collin Peterson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,585,615
Total Spent $1,569,350
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,034,570
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,022,303
Top contributors to Collin Peterson's campaign committee
Dairy Farmers of America$21,000
Land O'Lakes$17,300
AG Processing$17,000
American Crystal Sugar$12,250
Monsanto Co$12,250
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$293,150
Agricultural Services/Products$131,750
Leadership PACs$100,300
Public Sector Unions$49,500

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peterson's reports.[54]


Peterson won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Peterson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,129,343 and spent $1,497,202.[60]

Cost per vote

Peterson spent $7.57 per vote received in 2012.


Peterson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Peterson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,174,500 and spent $1,269,568.[61]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Peterson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $544,020 and $2,659,997. That averages to $1,602,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Peterson ranked as the 170th most wealthy representative in 2012.[62] Between 2004 and 2012, Peterson's calculated net worth[63] increased by an average of 78 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[64]

Collin C. Peterson Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:622%
Average annual growth:78%[65]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[66]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Peterson is the ranking member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. Peterson received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Crop Production & Basic Processing industry.

From 1989-2014, 33.79 percent of Peterson's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[67]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Collin Peterson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,113,228
Total Spent $8,403,239
Ranking member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Crop Production & Basic Processing$1,224,365
Agricultural Services/Products$761,664
Public Sector Unions$384,985
% total in top industry13.44%
% total in top two industries21.79%
% total in top five industries33.79%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Peterson was a "centrist Democrat" as of July 2014.[68] This was the same rating Peterson received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[69]

Peterson most often votes with:

Peterson least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Peterson missed 287 of 15,460 roll call votes from January 1991 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[68]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Peterson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,084,875 in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 26th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[70]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Peterson ranked 191st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[71]


Peterson ranked 183rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[72]


Peterson ranked 183rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[73]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Peterson voted with the Democratic Party 74.1 percent of the time, which ranked 193rd among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[74]


Peterson voted with the Democratic Party 80.4 percent of the time, which ranked 196th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[75]


Peterson lives in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.[76]

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See also

External links


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  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  63. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  64. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  65. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  66. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  76. Official House Site, "Full Biography," accessed December 11, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Arlan Strangeland
U.S. House of Representatives - Minneosta District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate
Succeeded by