Collin Peterson

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Collin Peterson
U.S. Representative – MN-07
Image:Rep. Collin Peterson.jpg
Party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Assumed office

January 3, 1991

Preceded by Arlan Stangeland
Born June 29, 1944
Spouse divorced
Religion Lutheran

Congressman Collin C. Peterson, Democratic-Farmer-Labor, represents the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota. He was elected to Congress in 1990. He also served in the Minnesota State Senate from 1977 – 1986.



Representative Peterson was born on June 29, 1944, in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up on a farm in Baker, Minnesota, and he currently lives in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. [1] He graduated from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts; a double major in Business Administration and Accounting, and a Minor in Political Science. [2] Peterson served in the North Dakota Army National Guard from 19631969. Before being elected to public office, Rep. Peterson was a CPA in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota from 1968 - 1990. [3]


Peterson is the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.


  • Air Force Caucus
  • Animal Welfare Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Bike Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Correctional Officers Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Northern Border Caucus
  • Congressional Performers Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
  • Friends of Norway Caucus
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Co-Chair Military Veterans Caucus
  • Renewable Energy Caucus
  • Rural Health Care Caucus
  • Rural Development Caucus
  • Rural housing Caucus
  • Travel and Tourism Caucus

Shoot and Schmooze

Peterson attended the 2006 "Great Congressional Shoot-Out," an event sponsored by The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. Foundations can raise unlimited amounts of money and no campaign finance transperancy is required for such sponsorship. Merchants of (retail) death Beretta and Winchester, the National Rifle Association, Wal-Mart and outfitters Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops sponsored the Congressional shootout and schmoozeathon. Source: Larry Margasak & Sharon Theimer. "Caucus Groups Privately Schmooze Lawmakers." Associated Press. July 18, 2006.

Other Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • Becker County Sportsmen’s Club
  • Blue Dog Coalition
  • Canada - U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Task Force
  • Capital Access Task Force
  • Telecommunications Task Force
  • Cormorant Lakes Sportsmen’s Club
  • Cuba Working Group
  • Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Eagles Club
  • Farm Bureau
  • Farmers Union
  • Forestry 2000 Task Force
  • Friends of Denmark
  • German Study Group
  • Moorhead Chamber of Commerce
  • Safari Club International
  • St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce
  • Vietnam-era Veterans in Congress


  • Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union ~ date unknown
  • Friend of Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation ~ date unknown
  • Co-Legislator of the Year, Safari Club International ~ date unknown
  • Conservation Legislator of the Year, Pheasants Forever ~ date unknown
  • Champion of Private Property Rights, League of Private Property Voters ~ date unknown
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business ~ date unknown
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S. Chamber of Commerce ~ date unknown
  • Deficit Hawk Award, Concord Coalition ~ date unknown
  • Public Achievement Award, Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership ~ date unknown
  • Medal of Honor Award, U.S. Oncology ~ date unknown
  • Friend of the Farm Conservation, National Resource Conservation Service ~ date unknown [4]


Washington DC Office
2159 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2165
Fax: (202) 225-1593

Detroit Lakes Office
714 Lake Avenue
Suite 107
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Phone: (218) 847-5056

Marshall Office
1420 East College Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: (507) 537-2299

Montevideo Office
100 N First Street
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-8888

Red Lake Falls Office
MN Wheat Growers Building
2603 Wheat Drive
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Phone: (218) 253-4356

Redwood Falls Office
230 East 3rd Street
P.O. Box 50
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Phone: (507) 637-2270

Willmar Office 320 4th St SW
Centre Point Mall
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: (320) 235-1061

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