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First Lady Michelle Obama attends service event in Washington
First Lady Michelle Obama (C), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) (L), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) help pack Healthy Lifestyle Kits for District of Columbia area children at a Congressional service event at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Washington on June 8, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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Betty Louise McCollum (born July 12, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. She is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL).

The district centers on St. Paul, Minnesota's capital city. She is the second woman elected to Congress from Minnesota.

McCollum was born in South St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the older sister to Anthony and Monica. She is divorced and has two children. McCollum has worked as a high school social sciences teacher and as a sales manager. She first got involved in politics in 1986, when her daughter got hurt on a slide in a North St. Paul city park. The city council wouldn't do anything to fix the slide, so McCollum's neighbors encouraged her to run for a spot on the council herself. She won that November and served three terms. She then challenged longtime state representative Rich O'Conner in the DFL primary and won an upset victory. She went on to serve four terms in the state house.

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