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{{tnr}}'''Chris Collins''' is a 2012 [[Republican]] and [[Conservative Party]] candidate who won election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|the 27th Congressional District]] of [[New York]].
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{{tnr}}'''Chris Collins''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] from [[New York]]. Collins was elected by voters from [[New York's 27th congressional district]] in 2012.
  
 
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Collins won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012|New York's]] [[New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th District]].<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled_primary ''New York Board of Elections'' "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed June 11, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref name="apny">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
 
Collins won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012|New York's]] [[New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th District]].<ref>[http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled_primary ''New York Board of Elections'' "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed June 11, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref name="apny">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP/CSPAN'' "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/new-york/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, New York"]</ref>
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Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.<ref name="red"/> 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.<ref>[http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bellavia-knocks-collins-seeking-funds-obamas-stimulus-package/32488 ''The Batavian'' "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012]</ref> 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."<ref>[http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/05/30/in-new-york-27th-a-fierce-gop-congressional-primary-rages ''US News'' "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012]</ref>
 
Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.<ref name="red"/> 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.<ref>[http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/bellavia-knocks-collins-seeking-funds-obamas-stimulus-package/32488 ''The Batavian'' "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012]</ref> 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."<ref>[http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/05/30/in-new-york-27th-a-fierce-gop-congressional-primary-rages ''US News'' "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012]</ref>
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Chris Collins
Chris Collins.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 27
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website
Chris Collins is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Collins was elected by voters from New York's 27th congressional district in 2012.

Collins is a former county legislator.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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"

Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.[1] 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.[5] 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."[6]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[7] 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."[7]

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.[8]

Campaign donors

2012

Chris Collins Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[9]July 13, 2012$176,178.51$4,749$(115,557.52)$65,369.99
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2012$66,696.99$726,394.71$(626,320.26)$166,771.44
Running totals
$731,143.71$(741,877.78)

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Brian Higgins
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 27
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