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Chris Collins
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U.S. House, New York, District 27
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBrian Higgins (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$8.15 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Campaign $$1,327,521
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Erie County executive
2007-2011
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Master'sUniversity of Alabama (Birmingham)
Personal
BirthdayMay 20, 1950
Place of birthSchenectady, New York
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$59,104,518.50
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Collins (b. May 20, 1950, in Schenectady, NY) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 27th Congressional District. Collins was first elected to the House in 2012 and is currently serving his first term, having won election on November 6, 2012.

Collins was a 2014 Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 27th Congressional District of New York.[1] He ran unopposed for all three nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2] He defeated Jim O'Donnell (D) in the general election.

Prior to being elected to the House, Collins started multiple small businesses including Bloch Industries, Easom Automation, Innate Immunitherapeutics, Mead Supply, Oxygen Generating Systems Intl., Schlyer Machine, Volland Electric and ZeptoMetrix Corporation.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Collins is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Collins serves on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Collins voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Collins voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Collins voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Collins voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[8] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[9] Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[11] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Collins voted against HR 2775.[12]

Collins said in a statement, “The American people sent us to Washington to do a job. If we cannot live up to that obligation, we should not be taking a paycheck, a paycheck that is funded by the taxes paid by our fellow hardworking Americans. If the federal government is shut down Members of Congress should not get paid, and we should not be held to a different standard when it comes to Obamacare, either.”[13]

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Collins voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Collins voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Collins voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Collins voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[20] Collins joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[21][22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Chris Collins' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Collins is a Moderate Conservative. Collins received a score of 39 percent on social issues and 65 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2014

Collins ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 27th District. Collins ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. Collins defeated Jim O'Donnell (D) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins Incumbent 67.2% 144,675
     Democratic Jim O'Donnell 27.4% 58,911
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 5.4% 11,561
Total Votes 215,147
Source: New York State Board of Elections

2012

See also: New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2012

Collins won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 27th District.[25] He defeated David Bellavia in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary and then defeated incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) and Megan Lavin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26][27]

U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 48.9% 161,220
     Democratic Kathy Hochul Incumbent 47.4% 156,219
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.7% 12,329
Total Votes 329,768
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 59.2% 10,886
David Bellavia 40.8% 7,491
Total Votes 18,377

The Republican primary was a contest between Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins, a former county legislator.[28] Bellavia sought to win as a more conservative candidate than Collins. He pointed out that the former Erie County Executive praised incoming federal stimulus funding when he was in office.[29] Collins, however, did receive the Conservative Party endorsement. State Party Chairman Michael Long commented: "He had a proven record.... Collins would be more competitive against the congresswoman."[30]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[31] Bellavia, who wrote a book and subsequently sold the movie rights about his experiences in Iraq, said that in taking on Collins, he took on the "Erie County (political) machine."[31]

Both candidates were largely self-funded, with Collins self-funding $250,000 and Bellavia $45,000. Reports also showed that Collins raised another $5,750, and Bellavia raised $50,000 in addition to his own contribution.[32]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Collins attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $1,327,521 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[33]

Chris Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (New York, District 27) Won $1,327,521
Grand Total Raised $1,327,521


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Collins’ reports.[34]

Chris Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$16,018.22$187,798.32$(44,907.64)$158,908.90
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$158,908.90$89,877.04$(69,637.37)$179,148.57
October Quarterly[37]October 14, 2013$179,148.57$137,364$(43,172.63)$273,339.94
Year-End Quarterly[38]December 31, 2013$273,339$83,205$(37,178)$319,366
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$319,366.23$120,840.00$(35,779.940)$404,426.29
Pre-Primary[40]June 11, 2014$404,426.29$17,270.00$(24,652.95)$397,043.34
July Quarterly[41]September 18, 2014$397,043.34$193,293.40$(28,363.41)$561,973.33
October Quarterly[42]October 14, 2014$561,973.33$67,846.11$(28,687.26)$601,132.18
Pre-General[43]October 23, 2014$601,132.18$7,210.00$(13,310.10)$595,032.08
Running totals
$904,703.87$(325,689.3)

2012

Collins won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins' campaign committee raised a total of $1,327,521 and spent $1,312,830.[44]

Cost per vote

Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $22,263,037 and $95,946,000. That averages to $59,104,518.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Collins ranked as the 10th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2011 and 2012, Collins' calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Chris Collins Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$61,600,461
2012$59,104,518.50
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-4%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Collins received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.

From 1997-2014, 13.63 percent of Collins' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Chris Collins Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,363,388
Total Spent $2,536,497
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$148,533
Health Professionals$86,340
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$77,897
Oil & Gas$75,050
Real Estate$70,600
% total in top industry4.42%
% total in top two industries6.98%
% total in top five industries13.63%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Collins is a "centrist Republican follower" as of August 2014.[51] This was the same rating Collins received in November 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[52]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 24 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[51]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Collins ranked 138th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[53]

Voting with party

Collins voted with the Republican Party 96.1 of the time, which ranked 27th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[54]

2013

Collins voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

Personal

Collins is married with three children.

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References

  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. Collin's Campaign Website About Collins
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "National Security," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "Chris Collins Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  24. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  25. New York Board of Elections, "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed June 11, 2012
  26. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York," accessed November 7, 2012
  28. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named red
  29. The Batavian, "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012
  30. US News, "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012
  31. 31.0 31.1 Buffalo News, "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
  32. Buffalo News, "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
  33. Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Chris Collins" March 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  50. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Chris Collins," accessed September 26, 2014
  51. 51.0 51.1 GovTrack, "Chris Collins," accessed August 12, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," accessed August 12, 2014
  53. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 12, 2014
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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