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Betty Louise McCollum (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/12/1954 (Minneapolis, MN)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: North St. Paul, MN
Education: BA in Education from College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Retail Sales
Office Type: U.S. House -- Minnesota District 4 

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Betty McCollum was born in Minneapolis and attended high school in the suburban city of North St. Paul. She stuck close to home for college as well. She received a degree at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, majoring in Education and Political Science after first attending a community college for two years.

She was elected to the Legislature in 1992 where she served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. At that time, she also worked as a clerk at Dayton's department store.

Before that, she spent 12 years at Sears Roebuck and managed a Casual Corner.

She is divorced and has two grown children.

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In her 1992 race for the state House, Betty McCollum beat incumbent Rep. Rick O'Conner in the DFL primary with 53.5 percent of the vote and then went on to beat Republican Rep. Dennis Newinski with nearly the same vote margin. Her reelections since have been by wider margins.

In the primary for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Bruce Vento, she survived a heated challenge by three experienced politicians. McCollum was the endorsed candidate.

Ultimately, McCollum defeated Republican Linda Runbeck and Independence Party candidate Tom Foley with 48 percent of the vote.

In 2002, McCollum was re-elected with 62 percent of the vote.

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