Nick Collins (politician)
|Member of the|
Massachusetts State Senate
from the 1st Suffolk district
|Assumed office |
May 9, 2018
|Preceded by||Linda Dorcena Forry|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 4th Suffolk district|
January 5, 2011 – May 9, 2018
|Preceded by||Brian Wallace|
|Born||August 26, 1982|
South Boston, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Boston Latin School|
Nick Collins is an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts Senate. He is a Boston resident and a member of the Democratic Party. . Elected into the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2010, he sat four terms in the House representing the 4th Suffolk District. He was the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; and served on the Joint Committee on Housing, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.
In May 2018, Collins won the election for the open Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry.  He was elected to Forry's old seat on May 1, 2018. Senator Collins was sworn into the Massachusetts Senate on May 9, 2018 by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Early life, education, and political career
Nick Collins was born and raised in South Boston with five siblings. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School and The Gunnery prep school in Connecticut, where he played hockey. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business management from Babson College.
His father, Jim, was a state representative from Charlestown who also worked in the administrations of Boston Mayor Kevin White and Massachusetts Governor Edward J. King. Nick got his start in public service as an aide to longtime state Sen. Jack Hart. He was also a regional field director for the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008.
He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives seat for the 4th Suffolk District in 2010. He has served on a variety of committees, including the Joint Ways & Means Committee and the House Committee on Personnel and Administration, the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. He has also served as chair of the Boston legislative delegation.
An outspoken advocate for stronger public health laws, Rep. Collins was a lead sponsor of the Parental Notification bill that was included in the landmark Prescription Drug Monitoring bill signed into law by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on August 24, 2012. An ardent supporter of increased funding for law enforcement and public safety, Rep. Collins has successfully secured state funding for hazardous materials training for the Boston Fire Department. He has also successfully lobbied the Boston Police Department to reinstate the daytime drug unit in his district and across the city of Boston. For his work, Rep. Collins was recognized by the Urban Public Safety Alliance of Massachusetts at their 2013 annual banquet for his dedicated commitment to public safety.
His leadership has been recognized by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, who in 2011 named Rep. Collins one of the top 50 state legislative leaders in the US at the Emerging Leaders Conference at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. In 2012, he was selected by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston to be part of a Massachusetts legislative delegation to Israel focused on strengthening partnerships with the Israeli business and government leaders, particularly in the area of water innovation. Most recently, his leadership was recognized by the European Union as "a young, promising [political] leader" in the United States. In January 2014, Rep. Collins was selected to participate in the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP), meeting with leaders of the European Commission and European Parliament covering the areas of Transportation, Biotechnology, Energy, Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, and Financial Services regulation and investment and their impacts on Massachusetts.
In addition to his legislative duties, he was a founding board member of UP Academy of Dorchester and Boston, an advisory board member of Excel High School in South Boston, and a co-founder, along with Sean Regan, of the South Boston Leadership Initiative. In March 2016, he served as chairman of the South Boston Citizens Association's Evacuation Day ceremonies. Also in May 2016, he was elected as a delegate for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Sen. Collins lives in South Boston with his wife Dr. Olivia J. Liff. who is a board certified family physician. They have a daughter who was born Jan. 23, 2018.