Betty McCollum has represented St. Paul and its suburbs in the House since 2001. She is the dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation.
McCollum first ran for office in 2000, following the retirement of Bruce Vento. Over her career representing Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District, McCollum has been a champion for the environment, universal health care, quality education and economic opportunity.
McCollum is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as chair of the Defense subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the Interior-Environment subcommittee.
McCollum has long been known as a champion of Palestinian rights. In 2021, she was the primary sponsor of H.R. 2590, legislation which would prohibit US foreign assistance from being used to hold children in military detention. McCollum also signed the bicameral Merkley-Stansbury letter which pushed back against proposed evictions in the West Bank communities of Masafer Yatta.
Congresswoman McCollum supported President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons, and described the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the deal as “reckless.”