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Betty McCollum
Betty McCollum.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBruce Vento (D)
Compensation
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
1992-2001
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of St. Catherine
Personal
BirthdayJuly 12, 1954
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionSaleswoman, Teacher
Net worth$96,006
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
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.

Biography

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

Career

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

2013-2014

McCollum serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

McCollum served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Political Positions

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 1 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.[5]

National security

Voted "No" McCollum voted against extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps in 2011.[6]

Foreign policy

Removal of troops from Afghanistan

Voted "No" McCollum opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[7]

American involvement in Libya

Voted "No" McCollum opposed a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.[7]

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."[8]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to McCollum's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" McCollum voted in opposition 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]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" McCollum voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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

Voted "Yes" McCollum voted in favor 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" McCollum voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" McCollum voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

King Amendment

McCollum signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[15] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[16]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" McCollum voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" McCollum has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Violence Against Women Act

Voted "Yes" McCollum voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which provides aid to prosecute cases of violent acts against women and men.[20]

Abortion

Voted "No" McCollum voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Elections

2012

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

McCollum won re-election in 2012.[22] She defeated Diana Longrie and Brian Stalboerger in the Democratic primary.[23] She defeated Republican challenger Tony Hernandez and independent candidate Steve Carlson in the November general election.[24]

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" (dead link)
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

Endorsements

McCollum was endorsed by the following organizations and individuals for the 2012 election.[25]

  • Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • AFL-CIO
  • 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.[32]

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

2014

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.[33]

Betty McCollum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]4/12/2013$48,013.91$101,121.26$(86,293.09)$62,842.08
July Quarterly[35]7/12/2013$62,842.08$58,967.27$(63,752.34)$58,057.01
Running totals
$160,088.53$(150,045.43)

2012

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.[36]

Cost per vote

McCollum spent $4.36 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[37]

Analysis

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, McCollum was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. McCollum's staff was given an apparent $24,650.00 in bonus money.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[44]

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.

2012

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.[45]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Betty Mc Collum was ranked the 61st most liberal representative during 2011.[46]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Betty McCollum voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

McCollum raised her family in North St. Paul, Minnesota, and now resides in St. Paul. She is divorced.[48]

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External links


References

  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. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 8, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. On the Issues, "McCollum on Homeland Security", accessed September 11, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 On the Issues, "Betty McCollum on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013
  8. Real Estate Rama "Congresswoman Betty McCollum Announces St. Paul Neighborhoods Receive $459,000 in Housing Grants," February 13, 2012
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Betty McCollum's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "McCollum on agriculture", accessed September 26, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 26, 2013
  16. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Betty McCollum's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 26, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Betty McCollum's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 26, 2013
  20. On the Issues, "McCollum on Civil Rights", accessed September 11, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "McCollum on abortion" accessed September 26, 2013
  22. Star Tribune "Bachmann back in race -- for her seat in Congress," Accessed February 11, 2012
  23. CBS "Primary Results" Accessed May 30, 2013
  24. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  25. Betty McCollum "Endorsements," October 9, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Betty McCollum" Accessed May 16, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "McCollum 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  34. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  35. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  36. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Betty McCollum 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 8, 2011
  38. OpenCongress, "Betty McCollum," Accessed August 5, 2013
  39. Gov Track "Betty McCollum," Accessed June 14, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Betty McCollum" Accessed April 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Betty McCollum," Accessed October 9, 2012
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Betty McCollum (D-Minn), 2011,"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Betty McCollum (D-Minn), 2010," Accessed October 9, 2012
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 8, 2011
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Bruce Vento
U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 4
2001–Present
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1992-2001
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