Press Release: Peterson Recognized for Rural Healthcare, Ag Policy and Bi-Partisan Leadership

Recognition Includes Multiple Endorsements: “Exceptional reputation for bipartisanship and independence” … “Minnesota’s health care hero

Oct. 19, 2020 – Recent news stories, opinion pieces and endorsements of the bipartisan record of Rep. Collin Peterson zeroed in on Peterson’s effective leadership on issues of crucial important to Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District: rural health care, our rural economy, and farm policy.

A profile of the campaign published nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek made several notes of Peterson’s accomplishments:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Investments into MN-07 farmers and livestock producers since 1995, shortly after Peterson ascended to the House Agriculture Committee he now chairs, totaled $9.1 billion.
  • Peterson’s “centrist politics, ability to work with Republicans, and success in securing funding for rural hospitals” demonstrate his willingness to do whatever is necessary for the families and businesses of MN-07.
  • The story quotes Kelly Erickson, a Hallock, Minn., farmer and chair of the CSRS Steering Committee: “You have the chairman of House Agriculture (Peterson), and you know what kind of power that yields, not only for agriculture in the 7th District but agriculture all over the U.S. … (Michelle) Fischbach would be a freshman and sitting in the back of the room. How much good do you think she could do for agriculture?”

The Star Tribune’s endorsement notes that Peterson is the first Minnesotan – ever – to serve as chairman of the powerful Agriculture Committee. The editorial notes that no district has “more at stake in choosing a House member than the sprawling and fertile Seventh District” than the MN-07.

  • The voters of MN-07 needs a “representative with the Washington savvy and clout to protect their distinctive interests. They have that in 15-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson. He merits re-election.”
  • “His expertise in rural issues affecting all parts of America give him wide credibility on Capitol Hill, as does his exceptional reputation for bipartisanship and independence,” the editorial states.

An op-ed published in the Grand Forks Herald, the Fargo Forum and other Forum Communications newspapers in MN-07 noted Peterson is “Minnesota’s health care hero.”

  • Peterson was personally responsible for winning $103 billion in new Medicare funding for rural hospitals, negotiating with the GOP chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. There are 77 Critical Access Hospitals in Minnesota which benefited from that bipartisan deal.
  • “He is a powerful advocate for us here in the 7th Congressional District. If we vote him out of office, we will lose an independent, tough-minded and powerful lawmaker who puts the people of the 7th first – before any president, before any party.”

The recent Forum endorsement of Peterson urged voters to “look past” inaccurate GOP ads about Peterson’s record, noting that what’s “important is what Peterson has done for the district and what he still can do if elected” to another term, specifically as House Agriculture Committee Chairman, where he “wield great influence for the ag community in western Minnesota.”

  • The Forum noted that Fischbach was asked “if she even remotely” knew the price of soybeans, and “she couldn’t say.” The Forum noted in a district where “agriculture is king,” whomever represents MN-07 in Congress must be a “moderate voice, and that voice must have experience with ever-important ag issues. Peterson is the best candidate to represent the Seventh District.”

About the CSRC:

A bipartisan committee, CSRC champions a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America. In 2020, CSRC is focusing on the reelection of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN-07, because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.