|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
|January 3, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Erie County executive|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Master's||University of Alabama (Birmingham)|
|Birthday||May 20, 1950|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Collins is a former county legislator.
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.
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.
|Chris Collins Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2012||$176,178.51||$4,749||$(115,557.52)||$65,369.99|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$66,696.99||$726,394.71||$(626,320.26)||$166,771.44|
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- 'A public safety disaster': Obamacare could force THOUSANDS of volunteer fire ... - Daily Mail
- A political campaign for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - The Saratogian
- The Most Divided House District in New York - Roll Call (blog)
- CNN Anchors Trash Ron Burgundy (VIDEO) - Huffington Post
- UN's 'Free And Equal' Campaign Video Highlights Gay Rights Around The World - Huffington Post
- The Best Political Books We Read in 2013 - National Journal
- Extension of jobless aid at risk for thousands in region as Congress wrangles - Buffalo News
- NY GOP Seeks Opportunities Outside the Big Apple - Roll Call
- Collins faults Cuomo for fracking delays - The Batavian
- Goings On About Town - New Yorker
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- ↑ 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
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Buffalo News "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
- ↑ Buffalo News "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 17, 2012
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