|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Brian Higgins (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$8.15 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Erie County executive|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina State University|
|Master's||University of Alabama (Birmingham)|
|Date of birth||May 20, 1950|
|Place of birth||Schenectady, New York|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
|Net worth||(2012) $59,104,518.50|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.2 National security
- 3.3 Economy
- 3.4 Immigration
- 3.5 Healthcare
- 3.6 Social issues
- 3.7 Government affairs
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Collins won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 to represent the 27th Congressional District of New York. He ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. He defeated Jim O'Donnell (D) in the general election.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Collins' academic, professional and political career:
- 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from New York's 27th Congressional District
- 2007-2011: Erie County, New York, executive
- 1975: Graduated from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, with an M.B.A.
- 1972: Graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S.
Collins serves on the following committees:
Collins served 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 - Chairman
- Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Collins voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Collins voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Collins voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Collins voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown 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 funded 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. 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.
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.”
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Prohibition
Collins voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Collins voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Collins voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans—Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Collins joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Collins is a Moderate Conservative. Collins received a score of 39 percent on social issues and 65 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Unknown||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Unknown||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Collins ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 27th District. Collins ran unopposed for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. Collins defeated Jim O'Donnell (D) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, New York District 27 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Chris Collins Incumbent||67.2%||144,675|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections|
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 general election on November 6, 2012.
|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|
The Republican primary was a contest between Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins, 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 that 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 showed that Collins raised another $5,750, and Bellavia raised $50,000 in addition to his own contribution.
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Collins attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
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|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2013||$179,148.57||$137,364||$(43,172.63)||$273,339.94|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$273,339||$83,205||$(37,178)||$319,366|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$319,366.23||$120,840.00||$(35,779.940)||$404,426.29|
|Pre-Primary||June 11, 2014||$404,426.29||$17,270.00||$(24,652.95)||$397,043.34|
|July Quarterly||September 18, 2014||$397,043.34||$193,293.40||$(28,363.41)||$561,973.33|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2014||$561,973.33||$67,846.11||$(28,687.26)||$601,132.18|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$601,132.18||$7,210.00||$(13,310.10)||$595,032.08|
Cost per vote
Collins spent $8.15 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New York District 27, 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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $22,263,037 and $95,946,000. That averages to $59,104,518.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Collins ranked as the 10th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Collins' calculated net worth decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Chris Collins Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-4%|
|Average annual growth:||-4%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Collins received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.
From 1997-2014, 13.63 percent of Collins' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Chris Collins Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$77,897|
|Oil & Gas||$75,050|
|% total in top industry||4.42%|
|% total in top two industries||6.98%|
|% total in top five industries||13.63%|
Ideology and leadership
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:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 24 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Collins ranked 138th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
Collins voted with the Republican Party 96.1 of the time, which ranked 27th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.
Collins voted with the Republican Party 94.1 of the time, which ranked 112th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Collins is married with three children.
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- New York
- United States congressional delegations from New York
- United States House of Representatives
- New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2014
- 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
- New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- Chris Collins campaign website, "About Collins," accessed June 21, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "COLLINS, Chris, (1950 - )," accessed February 12, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "National Security," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Chris Collins Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- 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," accessed November 7, 2012
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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 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Chris Collins Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Chris Collins 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Chris Collins (R-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Chris Collins," accessed September 26, 2014
- GovTrack, "Chris Collins," accessed August 12, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Chris Collins," accessed August 12, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 12, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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