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Rep. Collin Peterson

Representative from Minnesota’s 7th District, Democrat

Peterson, a Democrat, is the representative for Minnesota's 7th congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 1991 (next election in 2018) (map).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Peterson.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Peterson has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Peterson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Collin Peterson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Peterson was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Peterson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (100%)

Recent Bills

Some of Peterson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Peterson’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
May 3, 2017. Passed 309/118.
This vote was on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which would fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2017, that is, through the end of September 2017. Prior to this vote, this bill, H.R. 244, was the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Aye H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Jun 12, 2015. Passed 240/190.
This bill became the vehicle for the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which includes a variety of requirements on trade protection and general trade policy. It would authorize and fund United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency ...
Nay H.R. 1295: Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015
Jun 11, 2015. Passed 397/32.
The Trade Preferences Extension Act extends a trade agreement with sub-Saharan African partners and prevents trade partners from undercutting United States businesses with artificially low prices. The bill also includes Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), help for workers and companies affected by trade policies. TAA was ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Aye H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Jul 2017, Peterson missed 306 of 17,330 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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