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, 2015
Years in position 5
PredecessorBruce Vento (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,571,874
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCollege of St. Catherine
BirthdayJuly 12, 1954
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionSaleswoman, Teacher
Net worth$96,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Betty Louise McCollum (b. July 12, 1954, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) 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. She won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McCollum is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


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


McCollum serves on the following committees:[3]


McCollum served on the following House committees:[4]


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."[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]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" McCollum voted for 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. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



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

McCollum won re-election in 2012.[9] She defeated Diana Longrie and Brian Stalboerger in the Democratic primary.[10] She defeated Republican challenger Tony Hernandez and independent candidate Steve Carlson in the November general election.[11]

Betty McCollum, "Congresswoman McCollum Urges Support for Middle Class Tax Cuts"[12]
U.S. House, Minnesota District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 62.3% 216,685
     Republican Tony Hernandez 31.5% 109,659
     Independence Steve Carlson 6.1% 21,135
     NA Write-in 0.1% 512
Total Votes 347,991
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Minnesota's 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBetty McCollum Incumbent 84.2% 27,304
Diana Longrie 9.9% 3,215
Brian Stalboerger 5.9% 1,921
Total Votes 32,440


McCollum was endorsed by the following organizations and individuals for the 2012 election.[13]

  • Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
  • AFSCME Council 5
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Sierra Club
  • Clean Water Action
  • American Nurses Association
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • IBEW Minnesota State Council
  • Stonewall DFL
  • Communications Workers of America
  • Citizens for Global Solutions
  • Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • National Farmers Union Political Action Committee
  • SEIU Minnesota State Council
  • Alliance for Retired Americans

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCollum is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, McCollum raised a total of $5,571,874 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[20]

Betty McCollum's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $931,989
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $844,301
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $722,054
2006 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $562,752
2004 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $687,907
2002 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $657,435
2000 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 4) Won $1,165,436
Grand Total Raised $5,571,874


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Betty McCollum's reports.[21]

Betty McCollum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]4/12/2013$48,013.91$101,121.26$(86,293.09)$62,842.08
July Quarterly[23]7/12/2013$62,842.08$58,967.27$(63,752.34)$58,057.01
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of McCollum's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McCollum won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McCollum's campaign committee raised a total of $931,990 and spent $942,684.[24]

Cost per vote

McCollum spent $4.36 per vote received in 2012.


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.[25]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 4th Congressional District, 2010 - Betty McCollum Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $844,301
Total Spent $862,848
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $216,532
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $211,206
Top contributors to Betty McCollum's campaign committee
Robins, Kaplan et al$12,050
Heartland Realty Investors$12,000
Lockridge, Grindal et al$11,382
National Education Assn$11,250
National Community Action Foundation$11,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$60,943
Health Professionals$57,400
Building Trade Unions$48,850
Transportation Unions$48,500
Public Sector Unions$44,750


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.[26]

McCollum most often votes with:

McCollum least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCollum is a "far-left Democrat," as of June 14,2013.[27]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McCollum missed 232 of 8,660 roll call votes from Jan 2001 to Apr 2013, which is 2.7% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[28]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCollum paid her congressional staff a total of $948,570 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.[29]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCollum is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCollum's staff was given an apparent $24,650.00 in bonus money.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, McCollum's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $12,012 and $180,000. This averages to $96,006, which is a 0.0909% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[31]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, McCollum's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $11,011 to $165,000. This averages out to a net worth of $88,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[32]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, McCollum was ranked the 38th most liberal representative during 2012. This is the most liberal ranking earned by a representative from Minnesota in 2012.[33]


According to the data released in 2012, Betty Mc Collum was ranked the 61st most liberal representative during 2011.[34]

Percentage voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Betty McCollum has voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]

Recent news

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McCollum raised her family in North St. Paul, Minnesota, and now resides in St. Paul. She is divorced.[36]

External links


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Betty McCollum" Accessed December 8, 2011
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 8, 2011
  5. Real Estate Rama "Congresswoman Betty McCollum Announces St. Paul Neighborhoods Receive $459,000 in Housing Grants," February 13, 2012
  6. Pioneer Press "New battle lines: Minnesota political redistricting maps out Tuesday," February 18, 2012
  7. Politics in Minnesota "Minnesota redistricting panel gets GOP, DFL political maps," November 25, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Star Tribune "Bachmann back in race -- for her seat in Congress," Accessed February 11, 2012
  10. CBS "Primary Results" Accessed May 30, 2013
  11. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  12. YouTube channel
  13. Betty McCollum "Endorsements," October 9, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Betty McCollum" Accessed May 16, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "McCollum 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  22. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  23. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  24. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Betty McCollum 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 8, 2011
  26. OpenCongress, "Betty McCollum," Accessed August 5, 2013
  27. Gov Track "Betty McCollum," Accessed June 14, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Betty McCollum" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm, "Betty McCollum," Accessed October 9, 2012
  30. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  31., "Betty McCollum (D-Minn), 2011,"
  32., "Betty McCollum (D-Minn), 2010," Accessed October 9, 2012
  33. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  36. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 8, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Vento
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by