KEYNOTE CONGRESSWOMAN BETTY MCCOLLUM
Betty McCollum is a Democrat representing the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota’s capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County.
Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, along with a strong national defense.
In April 2019, Congresswoman McCollum has introduced legislation— the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, H.R. 2407 — amending a provision of the Foreign Assistance Act known as the “Leahy Law” to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel. That emphasis has won the endorsement of at least 26 human-rights focused groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace
Congresswoman McCollum has an impeccable civil rights record and has been a consistent progressive vote. Her emphasis is on the issues of regular people, from education to civil rights, renewable energy to a social approach that places compassion for others well above corporate needs.