Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/4

Jan 4, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

Map of Minnesota 7th District following 2012 Congressional Redistricting

Courtesy of Minnesota GIS


Dear Friends,

This Thursday, pursuant to law and precedent, the Clerk of the House convened the 113th Congress.  The Minnesota delegation welcomed a new member, and the 7th District of Minnesota also underwent some changes as you can see in the map above.  I took further action on the Farm Bill this week, seeking a commitment to bring a farm bill to a vote. 


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


On January 3 the Clerk of the House announced that Certificates of Election covering 435 seats in the 113th Congress had been received and the names of those persons whose credentials show that they were regularly elected as Representatives in accordance with the laws of their respective States of the United States would be called.  From the Minnesota delegation we welcomed Rep. Rick Nolan as the new congressman from the 8th District.  Click here for more information on who represents you in the 113th Congress.

The Census and Congressional Districts

According to the Constitution, after a census of the population is conducted, congressional districts are realigned to accurately reflect current population levels throughout the nation.  These adjustments take into account population shifts since the last census and help assure equal representation for all constituents in compliance with the "one-person, one-vote" principle of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  As you'll see in the map above, the Minnesota 7th District has been redrawn at the state level this year.  Major changes to the 7th include the addition of Pipestone County, Murray County, and a portion of Cottonwood County.  Borders of the district were also slightly adjusted in Beltrami County and Stearns County.  Prior to this revision, congressional districts were last changed in 2002.  Click here to learn more about the census and redistricting.

Farm Bill Update

On Thursday, I sent letters to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor seeking a commitment to bring a farm bill to the floor of the House during the 113th Congress. Republican Leadership repeatedly refused to consider the House Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan five-year farm bill last year.

Without assurances from Leadership, I do not see any reason for the House Agriculture Committee to again go through the process of writing a new five-year farm bill.

Letter to Boehner

Letter to Cantor

Interview on KFGO

On the Floor

This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 8, American Taxpayer Relief Act, by a margin of 257-167.  I voted against this legislation because it lacked the major spending cuts that are necessary to prevent our country from spending money that we don't have.  This bill ends up actually increasing the deficit by $3.97 trillion over 10 years, which was the opposite of our intent when Congress passed the 2011 Budget Control Act and we agreed that deficit reduction was necessary.  We need comprehensive budget cuts to get our nation's fiscal house in order, and we need to confront this issue now.  This bill was a political solution for politicians; it wasn't a solution for the country.

This Week in American History

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, calling on the Union army to liberate all slaves and make them free in states still in rebellion.  The Emancipation Proclamation, while somewhat limited in scope, added moral cause to the Union and strengthened the insistence that the Civil War was a conflict based on freedom.  In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution formally abolished slavery in the United States.