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Congressman Collin C. 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.


Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1966.
Bachelor of Arts, Double major in Business Administration and Accounting, Minor in Political Science

Glyndon High School, Glyndon, Minnesota, 1962

Military Service

North Dakota Army National Guard, 1963 – 1969

Public Service

United States House of Representatives, 1990–Present


  • He is currently the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Minnesota Senate, 1977 – 1986

JCI (Junior Chamber of Commerce) Senator – Elected 1975

Business Experience

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 1968 – 1990.

Memberships and Organizations

  • Air Force Caucus
  • American Legion
  • Animal Welfare Caucus
  • Becker County Sportsmen’s Club
  • Blue Dog Coalition
  • Canada - U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Bike Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Correctional Officers Caucus
  • Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Northern Border Caucus
  • Congressional Performers Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
    • Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Task Force
    • Capital Access Task Force
    • Telecommunications Task Force
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
  • 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
  • Friends of Norway Caucus
  • German Study Group
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Military Veterans Caucus, Co-chair
  • Moorhead Chamber of Commerce
  • Renewable Energy Caucus
  • Rural Health Care Caucus
  • Rural Development Caucus
  • Rural housing Caucus
  • Safari Club International
  • St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce
  • Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Vietnam-era Veterans in Congress


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