Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/15

Feb 15, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy, Health

Snowy week in the 7th


Dear Friends,

This week I met with a number of folks from Minnesota, including members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the National Farmers Union, Minnesota Rural Water, Minnesota Medical Association, and Distributed Wind Energy Association.  The Agriculture Committee finalized its members for the 113th Congress and joining me on the Committee from the Minnesota Delegation are Tim Walz and Rick Nolan.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Teresa Thompson (FERGUS FALLS) and June Clark (FERGUS FALLS)

This week a number of folks representing their labor unions came to my office so we could discuss concerns for public employees.  Pictured above is my meeting with members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.  I support government workers, local, county, state and federal employees.  Everyone knows that we're all going to have to make some sacrifices as we get our nation's fiscal house in order, but I am doing my best to make sure that public employees don't bear the brunt of that burden alone.

Minnesota Rural Water Association

Les Anderson (Trimont, Red Rock Rural Water), Ruth Hubbard (ELBOW LAKE, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Water), Rod Spronk (EDGERTON, Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water), Al Rutter (CYRUS), Jim Auen (Lewis & Clark Rural Water)

The Minnesota Rural Water Association provides small rural communities with the technical assistance they need to provide clean reliable water. Water systems like Red Rock Rural Water System, Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water Systems, and Lewis & Clark Regional Water System provide the basic need for rural communities to survive: clean water.

Minnesota Medical Association

President-elect Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith (WILLMAR), Dave Renner (MMA Director), and current President Dr. Dan Maddox (Rochester)

I congratulate Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith on becoming the newest president-elect of the Minnesota Medical Association.  I look forward to working with her and learning from her insight as a practicing doctor in Willmar and other rural areas.  

National Farmers Union

Doug Peterson (President of Minnesota Farmers Union) Doug Sombke (President of South Dakota Farmers Union), Darin Von Ruden (President of Wisconsin Farmers Union)

On Wednesday I met with several Midwestern state chapters of National Farmers Union to discuss the Farm Bill outlook.  National Farmers Union supports passage of a comprehensive, five-year farm bill in 2013.

Distributed Wind Energy Association

Brian Hanson, Mason Sorenson (Minneapolis), Dan Juhl (WOODSTOCK), Richard Vander Veen III, Lisa Daniels (Minneapolis), Jennifer Gunby

On Tuesday I sat down with members of the Distributed Wind Energy Association to discuss issues of importance to the wind industry.  The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) is a collaborative group comprised of manufacturers, distributors, project developers, dealers, installers, and advocates, whose primary mission is to promote and foster all aspects of the American distributed wind energy industry. 

Agriculture Committee Update

This week the Agriculture Committee approved our oversight plan and rules for the 113th Congress. As the plan shows, there is much work ahead of us and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to see that we are properly overseeing all programs under our jurisdiction.

Also this week, the full Committee Democratic membership was finalized. Minnesota’s Tim Walz (1st District) and Rick Nolan (8th District) are both members of the House Agriculture Committee.

Video of the Agriculture Committee hearing

This Week in American History

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on Nolin Creek in Kentucky.  His family migrated to Indiana and then Illinois, the state where a young Lincoln would later begin his political career.  With his various early occupations as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and general store owner, it is believed that Lincoln developed the story-telling skills he is now remembered for during his presidency.  After his election to the Illinois state legislature, Lincoln taught himself law and became a practicing lawyer in a firm.  He briefly served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and today the location of his desk is marked with a brass plaque on the floor of the Old House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol.  His election to the presidency was unexpected by many within his own party as he was largely considered an underdog during the primaries.  Lincoln went on to become one of our nation's greatest leaders and left a defining legacy.