Minnesota Congressmen Peterson and Kline Take Home Top Honors at Congressional Shoot-out

May 11, 2011

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Minnesota Congressmen Collin Peterson and John Kline were named the “Top Guns” of their respective parties at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s annual shoot-out Tuesday.  Every year, members of Congress who attend the shoot-out spend an afternoon in a friendly competition shooting trap, skeet, and sporting clays. 

“The shoot-out is a great event that creates camaraderie between members on both sides of the aisle that fosters effective bipartisan collaboration on issues of importance to the sporting community,” said Kline, an avid hunter and fly-fisherman. “I am pleased to work with other members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to promote conservation efforts and preserve our critical habitat.”

In the past five years, Congressman Kline has won the Republican “Top Gun” award four times; Congressman Peterson has won his party’s award three times.

“I have to say, Congressman Kline and I have represented Minnesota pretty well at the shoot-out over the years,” Peterson said.  “The shoot-out is always a good time to get outside with my colleagues, share a few stories, and talk about how important the sportsmen’s communities are in our districts.”

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is an organization that seeks to provide access and a voice for sportsmen in Washington.  Peterson and Kline are members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Foundation’s ally in Congress.  Other members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation belonging to the caucus include Sen. Al Franken, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Congressmen Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, and Chip Cravaack.