Doug Collins (politician)
|Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee|
January 3, 2019 – March 12, 2020
|Preceded by||Jerry Nadler|
|Succeeded by||Jim Jordan|
|Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference|
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Lynn Jenkins|
|Succeeded by||Mark Walker|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 9th district
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Tom Graves|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Clyde|
|Member of the Georgia House of Representatives|
from the 27th district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Stacey Reece|
|Succeeded by||Lee Hawkins|
Douglas Allen Collins
August 16, 1966
Gainesville, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||University of North Georgia (BA)|
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (JD)
|Branch/service|| United States Navy|
United States Air Force
|Years of service||2002–present (reservist)|
|Unit||94th Airlift Wing|
Douglas Allen Collins (born August 16, 1966) is an American attorney and politician who served as the U.S. representative for Georgia's 9th congressional district from 2013 to 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007, representing the 27th district, which includes portions of Hall County, Lumpkin County and White County. Collins also serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Collins ran for the U.S. Senate in 2020. He finished in third place behind Democrat Raphael Warnock and incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler in the state's nonpartisan blanket primary, thus failing to make it to the top-two runoff. Collins had opted out of a House re-election bid to run for the Senate and was succeeded in the House by Andrew Clyde.
Early life and education
Born in Gainesville, Georgia, Collins is a graduate of North Hall High School. He attended North Georgia College & State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Criminal law, in 1988. He attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in 1996. Collins also earned his Juris Doctor from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, in 2007.
Collins worked as an intern for Georgia U.S. representative Ed Jenkins before working as a salesman, selling hazardous material safety products to Georgia's state and local governments. From 1994 to 2005, Collins was a senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church, while co-owning a scrapbooking retail store with his wife, Lisa. Collins worked as a lawyer, and has been a managing partner at the Collins and Csider law firm since 2010.
In the late 1980s, Collins served two years in the United States Navy, as a navy chaplain. After the September 11 attacks, Collins joined the United States Air Force Reserve Command, where he presently serves as a chaplain (lieutenant colonel). 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.
Georgia House of Representatives
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. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010.
In 2011, Collins sponsored a plan proposed by Governor Deal to reform Georgia's HOPE Scholarship program. The bill allowed for a 10% cut in scholarships and raised the level of SAT test scores and GPA required to obtain a scholarship, saving the state $300 million. 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." In 2012, he supported amending Georgia's Constitution to establish a statewide commission authorizing and expanding charter schools.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.”
- House Appropriations (Secretary)
- Judiciary Non-Civil
- Public Safety & Homeland Security
- Health & Human Services
- Defense and Veterans Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2012, Collins ran for Congress in the redrawn 9th congressional district. The district's incumbent, Tom Graves, opted instead to run in the newly created 14th district, which had absorbed his home in Ranger. Collins faced local media personality Martha Zoller and retired principal Roger Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary. The 9th was 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. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Jody Cooley 76 percent to 24 percent.
After running unopposed in the 2016 election, Collins faced Democratic challenger Josh McCall in the 2018 election. Collins overwhelmingly defeated McCall with 79.6% of the vote, compared to McCall's 20.4%.
- United States House Committee on Rules
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2020 U.S. Senate election
In January 2020, Collins announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. He ran in the special election held in November 2020 to complete the final two years of the term of retiring Senator Johnny Isakson, who stepped down on December 31, 2019 citing health issues. Collins faced the incumbent senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican appointed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp to fill the seat until a special election was held. President Trump had supported Collins as replacement of Isakson.
Collins faced some initial resistance to his candidacy from senior Senate Republicans as well as from the Senate Leadership Fund (a political action committee aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) and from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which are backing Loeffler. Per Georgia election law, all candidates for that Senate seat (regardless of political party) competed in a nonpartisan blanket primary. If no candidate successfully earned over 50% of the vote, the top two finishers would participate in a runoff election next January.
After both Collins, who finished third in the primary, and Trump lost their respective races in Georgia, they made claims about fraud in the Georgia elections. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called Collins a "liar" and "charlatan" for his statements. Collins endorsed Loeffler for the runoff election following his primary defeat.
Hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020, Collins wrote on Twitter: "RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live."
Collins supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as 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 not result in anyone losing health coverage.
Collins has been described as an "ardent Trump ally." He strongly defended Trump during his impeachment inquiry over the Trump-Ukraine scandal. During his bid for the Georgia Senate seat in 2020, Collins campaigned with Roger Stone, a Trump associate and convicted criminal whose sentence Trump commuted earlier in 2020. Among the two major Republican contenders for the 2020–21 United States Senate special election in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and Collins tried to distinguish themselves by claiming to be the most "pro-Trump."
In December 2020, Collins was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Collins and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."
Collins rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.
In his opening statement of Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress on July 24, 2019 Rep. Collins stated, "We will need to... ensure that government intelligence and law enforcement powers are never again used and turned on a private citizen or a political candidate as a result of the political leanings... If we carry anything away today it must be that we increase our vigilance against foreign election interference while we ensure our government officials don’t weaponize their power against the constitutional rights guaranteed to every US citizen." People called to testify in impeachment hearings suggested that Trump held up delivery of Congressionally legislated aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival. On October 31, 2019 Rep. Collins stated, and repeated on other occasions, that the impeachment hearings enacted to investigate Trump's use of his authority to pressure a foreign government to investigate his political rival, were a "sham".
Collins voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 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."
Interest group ratings
Collins has an "F" rating from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.
The American Conservative Union gave him a 100% in 2012 (Georgia State legislature) and a 91% evaluation in 2017.
Collins opposes same-sex marriage. In 2015, he said, "I strongly support a constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman." He co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the State Marriage Defense Act.
Collins also opposes the Equality Act, a bill that would expand the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He voted against the bill in 2019.
Collins has written letters in defense of military chaplain Wes Modder, who the Navy attempted to fire after he had allegedly berated students at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (where he was posted) who had gone to him for counseling. Modder allegedly made anti-gay comments and berated students for engaging in premarital sex.
In the aftermath of the January 2020 killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Congressman Collins said during an interview on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Democrats "are in love with terrorists" and "They (Democrats) mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani." Democratic responses were quick, with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in combat, responding, "I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq. I don’t need to justify myself to anyone." After first defending his claims on Fox News, Collins apologized on Twitter, saying, "Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week."
Collins voted against the 2013 Violence Against Women Act because it sought to expand the original law to cover same-sex couples as well as allow battered foreigners residing in the country illegally to claim temporary visas, also known as U visas.
Collins married his wife, Lisa Jordan, in 1988. She is a retired 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. Collins identifies his religious preference by practicing the Southern Baptist Convention, and attends Lakewood Baptist Church.[clarification needed]
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- Top Republican Lawmaker Apologizes for ‘Democrats Love Terrorists’ Remarks but on Fox News He Defends His Claim By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, Jan 10, 2020
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- Sullivan, Margaret (December 5, 2019). "Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds. Here's how journalists can reach the undecided". Washington Post.
Columnist Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times offered a name Wednesday for one aspect of what’s happening before our eyes.
Responding to the absurd statement of Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.) — “there are no set facts here” — she said it summed up the long-term Republican strategy: “epistemological nihilism.”
- Doug Collins at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|Georgia House of Representatives|
| Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 27th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th congressional district
| Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee
|Party political offices|
| Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
|113th||Senate: S. Chambliss • J. Isakson||House: J. Lewis • S. Bishop • J. Kingston • P. Gingrey • D. Scott • J. Barrow • T. Price • L. Westmoreland • H. Johnson • P. Broun • T. Graves • A. Scott • R. Woodall • D. Collins|
|114th||Senate: J. Isakson • D. Perdue||House: J. Lewis • S. Bishop • D. Scott • T. Price • L. Westmoreland • H. Johnson • T. Graves • A. Scott • R. Woodall • D. Collins • R. Allen • B. Carter • J. Hice • B. Loudermilk|
|115th||Senate: J. Isakson • D. Perdue||House: J. Lewis • S. Bishop • D. Scott • T. Price • H. Johnson • T. Graves • A. Scott • R. Woodall • D. Collins • R. Allen • B. Carter • J. Hice • B. Loudermilk • D. Ferguson • K. Handel|
|116th||Senate: J. Isakson • D. Perdue
• K. Loeffler
|House: J. Lewis • S. Bishop • D. Scott • H. Johnson • T. Graves • A. Scott • R. Woodall • D. Collins • R. Allen • B. Carter • J. Hice • B. Loudermilk • D. Ferguson • L. McBath • K. Hall|