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Chris Collins
Chris Collins.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 27
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorBrian Higgins (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$8.15 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,327,521
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Erie County executive
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Master'sUniversity of Alabama (Birmingham)
BirthdayMay 20, 1950
Place of birthSchenectady, New York
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$59,104,518.50
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Collins (b. May 20, 1950, in Schenectady, New York) 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 is 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]

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.[2]

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


Collins serves on the following committees:[3]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[4] For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 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.[6]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[7] 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.[8] Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "No" 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 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.”[12]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[17]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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.[18]



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

Collins is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 27th District. Collins is seeking the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


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.[19] 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.[20][21]

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

Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.[22] 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.[23] 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."[24]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[25] 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."[25]

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.[26]

Campaign donors

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.[27]

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

Individual breakdown


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.[28]

Chris Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$16,018.22$187,798.32$(44,907.64)$158,908.90
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$158,908.90$89,877.04$(69,637.37)$179,148.57
October Quarterly[31]October 14, 2013$179,148.57$137,364$(43,172.63)$273,339.94
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2013$273,339$83,205$(37,178)$319,366
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$319,366.23$120,840.00$(35,779.940)$404,426.29
Running totals


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

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.[34]

Cost per vote

Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.


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 November 22, 2013.[35]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 6 of 102 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 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.[36]

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.[37]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[38]

Chris Collins Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-4%[39]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[40]
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.

Voting with party


Chris Collins voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]


Collins is married with three children.

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  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. Collin's Campaign Website About Collins
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Project Vote Smart, "National Security," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. 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
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. New York Board of Elections, "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed June 11, 2012
  20. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  21. Politico, "2012 Election Map, New York"
  22. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named red
  23. The Batavian, "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012
  24. US News, "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 Buffalo News, "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
  26. Buffalo News, "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
  27. Open Secrets, "Fundraising for Chris Collins" March 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Chris Collins," accessed November 22, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Chris Collins" accessed April 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," accessed August 6, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org,"Chris Collins (R-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  39. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  40. 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.
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Higgins
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 27
Succeeded by