Chris Collins

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Chris Collins
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U.S. House, New York, District 27
Incumbent-elect
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
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 2012 Republican and Conservative Party candidate who won election to the U.S. House representing the 27th Congressional District of New York.

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]

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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