Congressman Collin Peterson's Leadership - On the Issues: Small Business

A Certified Public Accountant by profession, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson was a small business owner in Detroit Lakes, Minn., when he entered public service. Over his time in public office, Rep. Peterson won important legislative battles on behalf of small businesses, particularly in rural communities like the ones that make up MN-07. He has shown his rural constituents a committed, bipartisan mindset to expanding opportunities for new businesses, for existing businesses to grow by leveling the playing field, and to support job creation for those who depend on small businesses to support their families.

Peterson acts to preserve and promote small businesses in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. He is an original author of bipartisan, bicameral legislation like the ReInvigorating Lending for the Future Act, the Universal Broadband Act, and a lead co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to provide Minnesota businesses relief from Section 301 tariffs, co-leading a letter signed by 44 other members of Congress and supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

He has led the fight to protect critical rural economic development investment directed by the Farm Bill, and urged federal and state regulators to approve permits for construction of Pipeline 3 and other job-creating projects in northern Minnesota. Peterson pushed for a new trade deal, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, to benefit the businesses, farmers and workers in Western Minnesota who depend on thriving trade with Canada.

This Rural Report Card underscores Rep. Peterson’s leadership in promoting the growth of small business activity and opportunity in rural America.