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Doug Collins
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Graves (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.43 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$765,887
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives District 27
2007 - 2012
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Georgia College (1988)
Master'sNew Orleans Theological Seminary (1996)
J.D.John Marshall Law School (2008)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 16, 1966
Place of birthGainseville, Georgia
ProfessionPastor/Lawyer
Net worth$301,001
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Doug Collins (b. August 16, 1966, in Gainseville, GA) is a Republican member of the U.S House, representing the 9th Congressional District of Georgia since 2013.

Collins served in the Georgia House of Representatives from District 27 from 2007 to 2012.[1]

He is a former Air Force Reserve Chaplain and has worked as a lawyer in private practice.[2]

Collins is runningfor re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Biography

Collins was born in Gainesville, GA.[1]

Education:[1]

  • 1988: B.A., North Georgia College
  • 1996: M.Div., New Orleans Theological Seminary
  • 2008: J.D., John Marshall Law School

Career

Collins was a pastor in Gainesville before joining the Air Force in 2002. In 2008 he served a tour in Iraq as a chaplain. He attended law school starting in 2005, and was elected to the Georgia State House in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[4][1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Collins serves on the following committees:[5][6]

Georgia House

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Collins voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Collins voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png Collins voted in support of 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Collins voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Collins voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

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.[17] 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.[18] Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.png The 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.[20] 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.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Collins voted in favor of 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.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Collins did not vote on 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Collins did not vote on HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Collins voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

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.[22] Collins joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[23][24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Doug Collins's 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 Centrist. Collins received a score of 46 percent on social issues and 50 percent on economic issues.[25]

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[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Neutral Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25]

Most conservative

The National Journal named Collins the most conservative member of Georgia's congressional delegation in February 2014.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Collins is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins Incumbent 80.2% 50,733
Bernard Fontaine 19.8% 12,489
Total Votes 63,222
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2012

See also: Georgia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Collins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 9th District. Collins won the nomination on the Republican ticket, and won the general election in November 2012.[28] The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary July 31, 2012. He and Zoller both won the primary and advanced to a runoff primary election.[29] Collins defeated Martha Zoller in the Republican runoff primary on August 21, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jody Cooley 23.8% 60,052
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 76.2% 192,101
Total Votes 252,153
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 41.8% 45,894
Roger D. Fitzpatrick 17.1% 18,730
Martha Zoller 41.1% 45,160
Total Votes 109,784

2010

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Collins ran for re-election to the 27th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the July 20 primary and no one filed to run against him in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[31]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 27 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Collins (R) 16,487 100.0%

2008

In 2008 Collins was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 27. Collins (R) ran unopposed and finished with 20,634 votes.[32] Collins raised $9,765 for his campaign fund.[33]

Georgia House of Representatives District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Collins (R) 20,634

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $765,887 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[34]

Doug Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 9) Won $765,887
Grand Total Raised $765,887

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Collins' reports.[35]


Doug Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$106,548.43$130,200.00$(25,137.84)$211,610.59
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$211,610.59$130,100.48$(69,380.46)$272,330.61
October Quarterly[38]October 13, 2013$272,330.61$45,695.20$(51,623.57)$266,402.24
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$266,402$139,418$(51,109)$354,711
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$354,711$119,737$(103,629)$370,819
Running totals
$565,150.68$(300,879.87)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Collins's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Collins won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins's campaign committee raised a total of $765,887 and spent $659,339.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Collins spent $3.43 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Collins collected $18,195 in campaign contributions.[43] The largest contributors to the campaign were as follows:

Georgia House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Doug Collins's campaign in 2010
Collins, Doug$2,425
Georgia Alliance Of Community Hospitals$2,000
General Electric$1,500
Georgia Dental Association$1,250
Humana$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $18,195

2008

In 2008, Collins collected $9,765 in campaign contributions.[44] The four largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Georgia Dental Association $1,000
Georgia Medical Association $500
Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia $500
Home Builders Association of Gainesville $500

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
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The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

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
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $102,004 and $499,998. That averages to $301,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Collins ranked as the 318th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2011 and 2012, Collins' calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 42 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Doug Collins Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$514,775
2012$301,001
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-42%
Average annual growth:-42%[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.

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 July 28, 2014. This was the same rating Collins received in June 2013.[50]

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.[51]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 48 of 1,097 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[52]

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.

2013

Collins ranked 16th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[53]

2012

Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Collins voted with the Republican Party 95.1 percent of the time, which ranked 78th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[54]

2013

Doug Collins voted with the Republican Party 96.1 percent of the time, which ranked 118th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Doug Collins, "Biography," accessed June 13, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Collins," accessed 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. National Journal, "New Faces: Georgia, 9th House District," accessed November 20, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Vote Smart, "Doug Collins Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Doug Collins Vote Match," accessed June 25, 2014
  26. 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.
  27. Access North GA, "Collins ranked as Ga.'s most conservative congressman," accessed February 11, 2014
  28. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Doug Collins becomes first in race for new 9th," accessed December 4, 2011
  29. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  30. AP Results, "Georgia U.S. House Runoff Results," accessed August 21, 2012
  31. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed 2010
  32. Georgia House of Representatives, "Election results," accessed 2011
  33. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed 2011
  34. Open Secrets, "Doug Collins," accessed April 5, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Collins 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Doug Collins 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Follow the Money, "Georgia House 2010 contributions," accessed 2010
  44. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Doug Collins," accessed 2011
  45. OpenSecrets, "Collins, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total 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).
  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. GovTrack, "Doug Collins," accessed July 28, 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Doug Collins," accessed August 1, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Doug Collins," accessed July 29, 2014
  53. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 28, 2014
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Tom Graves (R)
U.S. House-Georgia District
2013–present
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Georgia House of Representatives District 27
2007–2012
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