|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|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)|
|Birthday||May 20, 1950|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Analysis
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Collins is set to run for re-election in New York's 27th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. 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. 
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.
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 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.”
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"|
|U.S. House, New York District 27 Republican Primary, 2012|
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 (New York, District 27)||$1,327,521|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,327,521|
|Chris Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$16,018.22||$187,798.32||$(44,907.64)||$158,908.90|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$158,908.90||$89,877.04||$(69,637.37)||$179,148.57|
Cost per vote
Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.
|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.
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.
Collins most often votes with:
Collins least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Chris Collins has voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Chris + Collins + New York + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- New York
- United States congressional delegations from New York
- United States House of Representatives
- New York's 27th congressional district
- 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
- Collin's Campaign Website About Collins
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- 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"
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- 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
- Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Chris Collins July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
- Open Secrets "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- GovTrack, "Chris Collins" Accessed April 2013
- OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," Accessed August 6, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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