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Chris Collins
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U.S. House, New York, District 27
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorBrian Higgins (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$8.15 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,327,521
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Erie County executive
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Master'sUniversity of Alabama (Birmingham)
Date of birthMay 20, 1950
Place of birthSchenectady, New York
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$60,351,517
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Collins (b. May 20, 1950, in Schenectady, New York) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 27th congressional district. Collins was first elected to the House in 2012 and is currently serving his first term, having won election on November 6, 2012.

Collins ran 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. [1]

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.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Collins serves on the following committees:[2]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[3] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[4] Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[5]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[6] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Collins voted against HR 2775.[7]

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.”[8]



See also: New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2014

Collins ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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.[9] 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.[10][11]

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"
U.S. House, New York District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 59.2% 10,886
David Bellavia 40.8% 7,491
Total Votes 18,377

Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.[12] 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.[13] 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."[14]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[15] 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."[15]

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.[16]

Campaign donors

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.[17]

Chris Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (New York, District 27) Won $1,327,521
Grand Total Raised $1,327,521

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Collins’ reports.[18]


Breakdown of the source of Collins' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Collins won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins' campaign committee raised a total of $1,327,521 and spent $1,312,830.[28]

Cost per vote

Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[29]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[30]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[31]

Voting with party


Chris Collins voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[32]

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  1. Collin's Campaign Website About Collins
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  4. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  5. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  9. New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed June 11, 2012
  10. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named red
  13. The Batavian "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012
  14. US News "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 Buffalo News "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
  16. Buffalo News "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Fundraising for Chris Collins" March 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  28. Open Secrets "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Chris Collins" Accessed April 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," Accessed August 6, 2013
  31. "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Higgins
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 27
Succeeded by