Charlie Collins (politician)

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Charlie Collins
Charlie Collins (front).jpg
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
Preceded byJon Eubanks (moved to District 74)
Succeeded byDenise Garner
Personal details
Born (1962-11-30) November 30, 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth missing
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Leeann Collins
ChildrenFour children
ResidenceFayetteville, Washington County
Arkansas, USA
Alma materFranklin High School (Livonia, Michigan)

United States Naval Academy

George Washington University

Charlie Collins (born November 30, 1962)[1] is a Republican departing member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 84, which encompasses part of Washington County near Fayetteville.[2][3]

Collins was unseated in his bid for a fifth legislative term in the general election held on November 6, 2018. Democrat Denise Garner outpolled Collins by 1,440 votes, 7,456 (55.3 percent) to 6,016 (44.7 percent).[4]

Four years earlier, Collins had planned to run for lieutenant governor in the May 2014 Republican primary election. He would have faced U.S. Representative Tim Griffin of Arkansas' 2nd congressional district and legislative colleagues Andy Mayberry of District 27 in Saline County[5] and Debra Hobbs of District 94 in Benton County. However, in February 2014, Collins ended his lieutenant governor campaign and announced that he will instead seek reelection to the state House of Representatives.[6]


Early life[edit]

He graduated from Franklin High School in Livonia, Michigan.[2] He graduated in 1985 from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He received a master's degree in 1986 in quantitative economics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.[2][7]


He started his career at Procter & Gamble in 1990 as a brand manager in Cincinnati, Ohio. He came to Arkansas in 1996. He later worked for Eastman Kodak as vice president of sales, as team leader at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, and as vice president of the H. J. Heinz Company in Arkansas.[7] In 2005, he joined Crown Partners Executive Search, LLC, a recruiting and consulting firm.[7]

He has served as a state representative for District 84 since 2011 and he was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. The position was formerly District 89 and held by a Democrat Jim House of Logan County, who Collins defeated in 2010. During his first term, he was a member of the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, where he was vice chair of the Subcommittee on Educational Institutions.[2] In his second term, he is a member of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee, Insurance and Commerce Committee, and Chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.[2]

He has introduced a bill to allow faculty at the University of Arkansas to use concealed carry handguns on campus as long as they have a Firearms license.[3][8] He has also proposed a bill to reduce the state income tax.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Leeann Collins, and they have two sons and two daughters.[2] They live in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[2][7] He is a Protestant.[2]


  1. ^ 91st Arkansas General Assembly Legislative Directory
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Arkansas House of Representatives biography Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Sarah Villegas, Charlie Collins Wins Re-election, The Arkansas Traveler, November 7, 2012
  4. ^ "Arkansas Election Returns: State House of Representatives". November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mayberry announces bid for lieutenant governor, August 23, 2013". Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rusty Mizell, State Rep. Charlie Collins confirms he's dropping out of race for Lt. Governor, February 13, 2014". KATV-TV. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d Crown Partners Executive Search, LLC
  8. ^ Max Brantley, UPDATE: Committee endorses Charlie Collins' bill to allow guns on campus, Arkansas Times, February 12, 2013
  9. ^ Max Brantley, Charlie Collins' plan to make the rich much richer , Arkansas Times, March 1, 2013
Preceded by
John Eubanks (moved to District 74)
Arkansas State Representative
for District 84 (Washington County)

Charlie Collins

Succeeded by
Denise Garner