Doug Collins (politician)

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Doug Collins
Doug Collins, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
LeaderPaul Ryan
Preceded byLynn Jenkins
Succeeded byMark Walker (Designate)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byTom Graves
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 27th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byStacey Reece
Succeeded byLee Hawkins
Personal details
Douglas Allen Collins

(1966-08-16) August 16, 1966 (age 52)
Gainesville, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Lisa Collins (m. 1988)
EducationUniversity of North Georgia (BA)
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service2002–present (reservist)
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Unit94th Airlift Wing.png 94th Airlift Wing
Battles/warsIraq War

Douglas Allen Collins (born August 16, 1966) is an American politician and a United States Representative from Georgia's 9th congressional district since 2013. Previously he was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 27th district, which includes portions of Hall, Lumpkin, and White counties. Collins also serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Born in Gainesville, Georgia, Collins is a graduate of North Hall High School.[1] He attended North Georgia College & State University, where he received a B.A. in Political science and Criminal law, in 1988. He attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1996. Collins also earned his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School, in 2007.[2]

Collins worked as an intern for Georgia Congressman Ed Jenkins, before working as a salesman, selling hazardous material safety products to Georgia's state, and local governments.[3] From 1994 to 2005, Collins was a senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church, while co-owning a scrapbooking retail store with his wife, Lisa.[4][5] Collins worked as a lawyer, and has been a managing partner at the Collins and Csider law firm since 2010.[6]

Military service[edit]

In the late 1980s, Collins served two years in the United States Navy, as a navy chaplain. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Collins joined the United States Air Force Reserve Command, where he presently serves as a chaplain (lieutenant colonel).[7] As a member of the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, Collins was deployed to Balad Air Base for five months in 2008, during the Iraq War.[8]

Georgia House of Representatives[edit]


Collins served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing Georgia's 27th district from 2007 to 2013. After Republican incumbent state representative Stacey Reece decided he would run for the Georgia State Senate, Collins announced he would run for the vacated seat. He won both the primary and general elections unopposed.[9] He was unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010.[10][11]


In 2011, Collins sponsored a plan proposed by Governor Deal to reform Georgia's Hope Scholarship program.[12] The bill allowed for a 10% cut in scholarships, and raised the level of the SAT and GPA test scores, required to obtain a scholarship; saving the state $300 million.[13] Collins argued that the program would be insolvent without the cut, saying that "If you look at it at the end of the day, Georgia still leads the way in providing hope—educational hope—for those wanting to go on to post-secondary education."[14] In 2012, he supported amending Georgia's Constitution to establish a statewide commission authorizing and expanding charter schools.[15][16]

Collins supports the death penalty, voting in favor of allowing juries to use the death penalty, even when there isn't a unanimous verdict, if the defendant has committed at least one “statutory aggravating circumstance.[17] He is against physician assisted suicide, voting in favor of making it a felony for anyone who "knowingly and willingly" assists someone in a suicide.[18] Collins voted for the failed Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Requirement, requiring doctors to give women who are undergoing an abortion the option of a free ultrasound, or to listen to the fetal heartbeat.[19] He also voted in favor of Georgia's law to prohibit abortions past the 20th week, being one of the most restrictive early abortion bans in the country.[20]

In 2012 Collins signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.[21]

Collins supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “The executive order allows re-entry to lawful permanent residents and does not represent a comprehensive ban on entry to people from certain countries. In this temporary measure, President Trump has given us the opportunity to get refugee policy right going forward.”[22]

Committee assignments[edit]

In the 2011–2012 legislative session, Collins was one of three administrative floor leaders for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.[23] Collins served on the committees for:[5]

  • House Appropriations (Secretary)
  • Judiciary Non-Civil
  • Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • Health & Human Services
  • Defense and Veterans Affairs

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In 2012, Collins ran for Congress in the redrawn 9th congressional district. (The district's incumbent, Tom Graves, opted to run in the newly created 14th district, where his home was located.) Collins faced local media personality Martha Zoller and retired principal Roger Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary. The 9th is the most Republican district in the Eastern Time Zone, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+27. It was understood that whoever won the Republican primary would be the district's next representative in Congress.

Collins finished first in the primary with 42 percent of the total, but just 700 votes ahead of Zoller. Because neither had a majority, a runoff was held on August 21, 2012, and Collins defeated Zoller in that contest 55 percent to 45 percent.[24][25] In the general election, he defeated Democrat Jody Cooley 76 percent to 24 percent.[26][27]

2018 election[edit]

After running unopposed in the 2016 election, Collins faced Democratic challenger Josh McCall in the 2018 election.[28] Collins overwhelmingly defeated McCall with 79.6% of the vote, compared to McCall's 20.4%.[29]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Health care[edit]

Collins supports repealing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). He called it an "experiment [that] has continued to fail America" and "costly for my neighbors.'" Collins said the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 would result in anyone losing health coverage.[31]

Donald Trump[edit]

Collins did not publicly comment on sexual misconduct accusations against Donald Trump in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape being released.[32]

Tax reform[edit]

Collins supports tax reform and voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[33] He said the bill would encourage businesses to create more jobs and that the economy and communities would strengthen. He said, "We're making the IRS less ravenous and putting more money back in the hands of American families so that they can pursue more of their ambitions on their own terms."[34]

Interest group ratings[edit]

Collins has a "F" rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.[35]

Civil rights[edit]

Collins co-sponsored a bill to award the Freedom Riders the Congressional Gold Medal.[36]

Collins opposes same-sex marriage. He co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the State Marriage Defense Act.[36]

Religious rights[edit]

Collins has written letters in defense of military chaplains including Joseph Lawhorn[37] and Wes Modder,[38] both of whom have faced opposition for expressing their Christian beliefs.

Women's rights[edit]

Collins voted against the 2013 Violence Against Women Act.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Collins married his wife, Lisa, in 1988. She is a fifth grade teacher at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville, Georgia; where the couple resides with their three children, Jordan, Copelan and Cameron, one of whom has spina bifida.[39] Collins is a practicing Southern Baptist, and attends Lakewood Baptist Church.[40][41]


  1. ^ Daniel Malloy (January 3, 2013). "Collins sworn in as Georgia's new member of Congress". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  2. ^ "Doug Collins (R-Ga.) U.S. Representative, Georgia, District 9 (Since 2013)". March 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Rick Lavender (January 7, 2007). "North Hall's Doug Collins answers 'call' to office".
  4. ^ "Georgia, 9th House District Doug Collins (R)". March 13, 2013. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Doug Collins – Candidate for the 9th Congressional District". November 2, 2011. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Hill's 2012 New Members Guide". November 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Cindy Huang; Ellen Rolfes (November 12, 2012). "Meet the Incoming Congressional Class Veterans". PBS NewsHour.
  8. ^ Harris Blackwood (May 10, 2008). "Rep. Doug Collins, called to serve in Iraq, will run for re-election".
  9. ^ "GA State House 027- R Primary". July 27, 2006.
  10. ^ "GA State House 027". November 6, 2008.
  11. ^ "GA State House 027". November 7, 2010.
  12. ^ Jim Galloway (February 26, 2011). "The HOPE scholarship and a Democratic policy of engagement". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  13. ^ Doug Collins; David Ralston; Jan Jones; Larry O'Neal, Jr.; Stacey Abrams. "HB 326/CFSA House Bill 326 (COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (AM)" (PDF).
  14. ^ Katy Lohr (April 5, 2011). "Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Dwindles Amid Cutbacks".
  15. ^ "HB 797 – Establishes a State Charter School Commission – Key Vote". March 13, 2013.
  16. ^ Motoko Rich (November 5, 2012). "Georgia's Voters Will Decide on Future of Charter Schools". New York Times.
  17. ^ "HCS HB 185 – Death Penalty Rules – Key Vote". March 20, 2012.
  18. ^ "HB 1114 – Prohibits Assisted Suicide – Key Vote". May 1, 2012.
  19. ^ "HCS HB 147 – Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Requirement – Key Vote". March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2007.
  20. ^ "HB 954 – Prohibits Abortions after 20 Weeks – Key Vote". March 13, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  21. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-10-08.
  22. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  23. ^ Jim Galloway (October 11, 2012). "Martha Zoller takes a temp job with Nathan Deal". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  24. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA District 09 - R Runoff Race - Aug 21, 2012".
  25. ^ Stephens, David. "Doug Collins Wins Republican Run-Off for Georgia's 9th Congressional District". 103.5 WSGC. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA District 09 Race - Nov 06, 2012".
  27. ^ Bynum, Ross. "Doug Collins defeats opponent in Georgia race for U.S. House seat". The Independent Mail (Anderson, SC). Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  28. ^ Galarza, Carlos (April 10, 2017). "Teacher announces Democratic run for 9th District congressional race". The Gainesville Times. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  29. ^ "Georgia Election Results". Washington Post. November 7, 2018.
  30. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  31. ^ Silavent, Joshua. "ACA health insurance enrollment exceeds forecasts in nation, state". Gainesville Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  32. ^ Hallerman, Tamar. "Crickets from most of Georgia's GOP congressmen after Donald Trump's video flub". AJC. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  33. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  34. ^ Associated Press. "Tax reform bill all but a done deal". Gainesville Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  35. ^ "Georgia Scorecard". NORML. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  36. ^ a b c "Doug Collins on Civil Rights". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  37. ^ Bennett, Jonah (January 30, 2015). "Congressman Defends Army Chaplain Under Fire For Exercising Religious Liberty". Daily Caller. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  38. ^ "Congressional Members Rally In Support Of Chaplain Modder; Congressman Seeks Answers About How The Navy Obtained Private Information, According To Liberty Institute". Reuters. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  39. ^ Project Vote Smart (March 13, 2013). "Representative Douglas 'Doug' A. Collins's Biography".
  40. ^ Reiner, Anne (12 November 2012). "Southern Baptist contingent in Congress grows". The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  41. ^ Harris Blackwood (February 18, 2007). "New kids on the block Every day is a learning process, but Hall's new legislators are settling into their positions".

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Graves
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th congressional district

Party political offices
Preceded by
Lynn Jenkins
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
Succeeded by
Mark Walker
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Chris Collins
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Paul Cook