|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Brian Higgins (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$8.15 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Erie County executive|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Master's||University of Alabama (Birmingham)|
|Birthday||May 20, 1950|
|Place of birth||Schenectady, New York|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
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. 
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.
Collins serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology - Chair
- Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Investigations
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Collins voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Collins voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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.
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. 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. Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally 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 funds 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. 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.
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.”
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Collins won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 27th District. He defeated David Bellavia in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary and then defeated incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) and Megan Lavin (I) in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Kathy Hochul Incumbent||47.4%||156,219|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|U.S. House, New York District 27 Republican Primary, 2012|
Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator. 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. 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."
According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins. Bellavia, who wrote a book and subsequently sold the movie rights about his experiences in Iraq, said in taking on Collins he took on the "Erie County (political) machine."
Both candidates were largely self-funded, with Collins self-funding $250,000 and Bellavia $45,000. Reports also show that Collins raised another $5,750, and Bellavia raised $50,000 in addition to his own contribution.
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.
|Chris Collins's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (New York, District 27)||$1,327,521|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,327,521|
|Chris Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$16,018.22||$187,798.32||$(44,907.64)||$158,908.90|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$158,908.90||$89,877.04||$(69,637.37)||$179,148.57|
Cost per vote
Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 27, 2012 - Chris Collins Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$4,602,796|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$4,602,796|
|Top contributors to Chris Collins's campaign committee|
|National Auto Dealers Assn||$10,000|
|American Bankers Assn||$7,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$31,000|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 6 of 102 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 5.9% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
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.
Collins most often votes with:
Collins least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $13,308,039 to $107,394,996. That averages to $60,351,517, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Chris Collins has voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Collins is married with three children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Chris + Collins + New York + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- The Most Divided House District in New York - Roll Call (blog)
- When psych centers close, prisons fill in - Buffalo News
- NY GOP Seeks Opportunities Outside the Big Apple - Roll Call
- Time Magazine's 30 under 30?? - Politico
- Collins faults Cuomo for fracking delays - The Batavian
- John F. Kennedy thatsmymop/shutterstock.com - The Hudson Reporter
- New York couple seeks GOP's help - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 100 best books for Christmas - Telegraph.co.uk
- Novel year worth a second look - Vancouver Sun
- Second round with town manager candidates - Wicked Local- Cohasset
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- New York
- United States congressional delegations from New York
- United States House of Representatives
- New York's 27th congressional district
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ Collin's Campaign Website About Collins
- ↑ CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Project Vote Smart, "National Security," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
- ↑ New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed June 11, 2012
- ↑ AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
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- ↑ The Batavian "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012
- ↑ US News "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 Buffalo News "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
- ↑ Buffalo News "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Fundraising for Chris Collins" March 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins October Quarterly," Accessed October 28, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- ↑ Gov Track "Chris Collins," Accessed November 22, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Chris Collins" Accessed April 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," Accessed August 6, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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