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Donald Collins
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Vermont State Senate, Franklin District
Former member
In office
January 9, 2013 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate
2003 - 2008
Bachelor'sJohnson State College
Master'sUniversity of Maine, Orono
Date of birthNovember 11, 1942
Place of birthLowell, Vermont
ProfessionSmall business owner/retired educator
Campaign website
Donald E. "Don" Collins is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Franklin District from 2012 to 2015. Collins did not seek re-election in 2014.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
Education, Vice-chair


Charter schools

On February 8, 2013, Collins and fellow Senators Richard McCormack, David Zuckerman, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools receiving public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would have been required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.[1] John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools.[2] The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."[3] McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman were also members of the five-member committee. After just over a year's wait, the committee reported favorably on the bill. After a failed attempt at an immediate vote, the bill received a second reading, an amendment and a third reading before being passed on March 14, 2014. After receiving two readings in the House, the bill was ordered to lie, ending its progress.[4]

Campaign themes


Collins' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

...I believe the number one issue in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, the State of Vermont and the United States of America is jobs that offer a livable wage and reasonable benefits.

We need to use our Yankee ingenuity and common sense when it comes to creating jobs that provide products and services of a high quality and support the efforts of Vermonters doing the same in other parts of our state. As a small business owner I have reinforced my belief that a cleaner Lake Champlain and area waterways is critical to the future economy of Northwestern Vermont. Certainly agriculture, high quality manufacturing and business services and tourism related offerings are also critical to our future. Through partnerships and working together the residents of Northwestern Vermont can be leaders in job creation and healthy, robust communities....



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Collins won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Franklin District. Collins was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $50,374 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[7]

Donald Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $6,305
2010 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $18,124
2008 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $5,701
2006 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $11,816
2004 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $8,428
Grand Total Raised $50,374


Collins won election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins raised a total of $6,305.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donald Collins's campaign in 2012
Patient Choices of Vermont$1,750
John Campbell for Senate$500
Vermont Fuel Dealers Association$500
Vermont Troopers Association$300
Total Raised in 2012$6,305
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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