Betty McCollum

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Betty McCollum
Betty McCollum.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 4
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCollege of St. Catherine
Date of birthJuly 12, 1954
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionSaleswoman, Teacher
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Betty Louise McCollum (b. July 12, 1954) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 4th congressional district. McCollum was first elected to the House in 2000.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCollum is a "far-left Democrat".[1]


McCollum was born in 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of McCollum's political career[2]:

Prior to her political career, McCollum worked as a saleswoman and schoolteacher.

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


McCollum serves on the following House committees:[3]


Political Positions

Housing grants

In February 2012, McCollum announced that St. Paul, Minnesota, neighborhoods had received $459,000 in house grants through a federal Affordable Housing Program. She said the funds would "benefit struggling Minnesotans in the short-term."[4]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Betty McCollum voted with the Democratic Party 94.7% of the time, which ranked 25 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[5]


After the 2010 Census, McCollum's 4th District was the smallest by population and needed to add 48,367 people via the redistricting process. A proposal by state Democrats in November 2011 would have paired McCollum into a district with fellow incumbent Michele Bachmann (R). A five-member judicial panel is expected to release the final maps on February 21, 2012.[6][7]



See also: Minnesota's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

McCollum plans to seek re-election in 2012.[8] Dan Flood is seeking the Republican nomination in the August 14, 2012 primary.


On November 2, 2010, McCollum won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Teresa Collett (R), Steve Carlson (Independent), Amber Garlan (Independent), Jack Shepard ([[Independent]), and the write-in candidates in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 59.1% 136,746
     Republican Teresa Collett 34.6% 80,141
     Independent Steve Carlson 6.1% 14,207
     Write-In 0.1% 283
     Independent Amber Garlan 0% 39
     Independent Jack Shepard 0% 10
Total Votes 231,426

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of McCollum's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

McCollum won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, McCollum's campaign committee raised a total of $844,301 and spent $862,848.[10]

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McCollum raised her family in North St. Paul, Minnesota, and now resides in St. Paul. She is divorced.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Vento
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by