|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Brian Higgins (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Erie County executive|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Master's||University of Alabama (Birmingham)|
|Date of birth||May 20, 1950|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Collins is a former county legislator.
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
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"|
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 of Representatives (New York, District 27)||$1,327,521|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,327,521|
|U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 27th Congressional District, 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|
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
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- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- Open Secrets "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- GovTrack, "Chris Collins" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
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