Peterson is the representative for Minnesota’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 1991. Peterson is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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Read our 2019 Report Card for Peterson.
Peterson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Peterson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Collin Peterson sits on the following committees:
Peterson was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2251 (113th): To designate the United States courthouse and Federal building located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the “Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse ...
- H.R. 1272 (112th): Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2012
- H.R. 3509 (111th): Agricultural Credit Act of 2010
- H.R. 5852 (111th): Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010
- H.R. 6124 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
- H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
- H.R. 6051 (110th): To amend Public Law 110-196 to provide for a temporary extension of programs authorized by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 beyond May 16, ...
Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Peterson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (23%) Transportation and Public Works (19%) Environmental Protection (12%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Commerce (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%)
Some of Peterson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8618: To enable local governments to treat the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ...
- H.R. 8521: To provide that the Secretary of the Interior may not enter into certain ...
- H.J.Res. 95: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to require that ...
- H.Res. 1133: Honoring the life and legacy of Coya Knutson.
- H.R. 7845: Remote Recreational Small Business Interruption Program
- H.R. 7490: RAMP-UP Act
- H.R. 7388: RLF Act
From Jan 1991 to Oct 2020, Peterson missed 376 of 19,021 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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