Longtime House Democrat running for re-election
March 17th, 2014
11:25 AM ET
4 months ago

Longtime House Democrat running for re-election

(CNN) - Rep. Collin Peterson won't be joining the growing list of longtime House members who've announced in the past few months that they'll retire at the end of the year rather than bid for re-election.

The Democratic congressman from Minnesota said Monday that he's running in November for a 13th term in the House. Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, which runs along the state's western border with North and South Dakota, made the news on radio station KFGO in Fargo, before making a scheduled formal announcement at a campaign event.

Peterson served as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and is currently the ranking Democrat on the panel.

While Peterson easily won re-election in 2012, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by 10 percentage points over President Barack Obama in the race for the White House. If Peterson had decided against running for re-election, some Democratic strategists quietly predicted the party would have had a hard time keeping the seat.

The National Republican Congressional Committee was quick to criticize Peterson.

"Over his 20 year political career in Washington, Collin Peterson has lost touch with the needs of Minnesota families. Minnesota wants a new voice that will put their interests ahead of Barack Obama's reckless agenda. Collin Peterson may not be retiring on his own terms, but we have every intention of forcing him into retirement in November," said NRCC spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton, in a statement.

Twenty-one House members (11 Republicans and 10 Democrats), many of them longtime members, are retiring from Congress rather than run for re-election this year. Another 18 members (11 Republicans and 7 Democrats) are running for the Senate or other offices rather than bid for re-election to the House.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • House • House of Representatives • Minnesota
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Hahahaha... it's become so commonplace for dems to bail out that when one of them decides to run for re-election, it becomes big news. What was this chump's vote on Obamacare?

    March 17, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Ahhhh... he voted NO on Obamacare and he voted NO on Obama's stimulus. He was one of the few Nancy let off the hook. No wonder he thinks he can be re-elected.

    March 17, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    For your information, because of ACA Law, people are having insurances, no one can deny insurance. Shut up, and put up. GOP lost mind with presidential-runners. Party of "NO" garbage needs piled up and put in land-fill.

    March 17, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    "The National Republican Congressional Committee was quick to criticize Peterson."

    As was Fair is Fair.
    But then again, the word 'fair' within the republicant party is much different than it is within 'Real America'.

    March 17, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Dead Bear

    @Fair is Fair... Still reveling in the glory of your party's victories in Florida and New Hampshire I see. Keep praying for low voter turnout in November.

    March 17, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Name

    This guy voted no on the ACA? Then according to Rudy, Tampa, rs and the rest of the gang this guy should be gone. That would be consistent with their previous comments.

    March 17, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    @Dead Bear... "Keep praying for low voter turnout in November."

    They don't just pray for it... they legislate it and try to ensure that American's voter rights are infringed upon. Gotta stop those millions and millions of voter fraud cases (which don't exist outside the bubble).
    Only thing keeping them alive is voter suppression, lies, and fear....

    March 17, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " ...95% of the citizenry didn't feel that way before Russia blockaded the Crimean naval ports and moved 16,000, and counting, troops, along with tanks, missles, and other heavy military hardware into Crimea. "

    So, Rudy, Whatta ya think, 90% before the Ruskies came, or 98% before the Ruskies came?
    And what do you base your numbers on, Sir??

    ------------------------------
    Of course, I ignored your questions. You ignore the facts, so I ignore your questions. BTW, that 95% figure that I cited is all over the news, including the article.

    March 17, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |