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Doug Collins
U.S. House, Georgia, District 9
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorTom Graves (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.43 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$765,887
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives District 27
2007 - 2012
Bachelor'sNorth Georgia College (1988)
Master'sNew Orleans Theological Seminary (1996)
J.D.John Marshall Law School (2008)
BirthdayAugust 16, 1966
Place of birthGainseville, Georgia
Net worth$301,001
Office website
Campaign website
Doug Collins (b. August 16, 1966, in Gainseville, Georgia) is a Republican member of the U.S House, representing the 9th Congressional District of Georgia since 2013.

Collins served in the Georgia House of Representatives from District 27 from 2007 to 2012.[1]

He is a former Air Force Reserve Chaplain and has worked as a lawyer in private practice.[2]

Collins is runningfor re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 was born in Gainesville, Georgia.[1]


  • 1988: B.A., North Georgia College
  • 1996: M.Div., New Orleans Theological Seminary
  • 2008: J.D., John Marshall Law School


Collins was a pastor in Gainesville before joining the Air Force in 2002. In 2008 he served a tour in Iraq as a chaplain. He attended law school starting in 2005, and was elected to the Georgia State House in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[4][1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Collins serves on the following committees:[5][6]

Georgia House


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Collins voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Collins voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Voted "Yes" Collins voted in support of 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.[9]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Collins voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Collins voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

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.[17] 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.[18] Collins voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

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 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.[20] 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.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Collins voted in favor of 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.[9]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Collins did not vote on 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Collins did not vote on HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Songwriter Equity Act

Collins was in Nashville on March 19, 2014, to make a case for his Songwriter Equity Act, which aims to increase royalty rates by basing it on free market value of a song, based on its popularity.[22]

“We’re bringing it back to the free market and saying, ‘What are you willing to pay?’” Collins said.[22]

The Songwriter Equity Act would specifically allow a court to factor in how much a song receives in licensing fees for television, film and advertising when it sets the rate companies like Pandora and other music streaming sites must pay. Because copyright law does not govern such licensing fees, publishing companies are able to negotiate with the production and marketing companies that want to use specific songs.[22]

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Collins voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]


Most conservative

The National Journal named Collins the most conservative member of Georgia's congressional delegation in February 2014.[23]

Disagreement with Al Sharpton

Collins got into a heated disagreement with Rev. Al Sharpton on September 19, 2013, in an appearance on his MSNBC show “Politics Nation.”[24] Sharpton began by asking Collins why he and other House Republicans want to pass a government funding bill without funding Obamacare that goes against the will of the people and the Supreme Court.[24]

“What people don’t understand, congressman, is how we pass laws the Supreme Court upholds and you guys come in and say, ‘We’re not going to fund it and even worse, if money goes there, we’ll shut the whole government down.’ We thought we lived in a democracy,” Sharpton said. “Come on, congressman. That’s not what the country is supposed to be about.”[24]

Collins replied, “Hey Al, just a reminder, this isn’t a democracy. This is a republic."[24]



See also: Georgia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Collins is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins Incumbent 80.2% 49,951
Bernard Fontaine 19.8% 12,315
Total Votes 62,266
Source: Georgia Secretary of State


See also: Georgia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Collins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 9th District. Collins won the nomination on the Republican ticket, and won the general election in November 2012.[25] The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary July 31, 2012. He and Zoller both won the primary and advanced to a runoff primary election.[26] Collins defeated Martha Zoller in the Republican runoff primary on August 21, 2012.[27]

U.S. House, Georgia District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jody Cooley 23.8% 60,052
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 76.2% 192,101
Total Votes 252,153
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Collins 41.8% 45,894
Roger D. Fitzpatrick 17.1% 18,730
Martha Zoller 41.1% 45,160
Total Votes 109,784


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Collins ran for re-election to the 27th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the July 20 primary and no one filed to run against him in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[28]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 27 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Collins (R) 16,487 100.0%


In 2008 Collins was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 27. Collins (R) ran unopposed and finished with 20,634 votes.[29] Collins raised $9,765 for his campaign fund.[30]

Georgia House of Representatives District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Collins (R) 20,634

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $765,887 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[31]

Doug Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 9) Won $765,887
Grand Total Raised $765,887


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Collins' reports.[32]

Doug Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$106,548.43$130,200.00$(25,137.84)$211,610.59
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$211,610.59$130,100.48$(69,380.46)$272,330.61
October Quarterly[35]October 13, 2013$272,330.61$45,695.20$(51,623.57)$266,402.24
Year-end[36]January 31, 2014$266,402$139,418$(51,109)$354,711
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$354,711$119,737$(103,629)$370,819
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$384,024.00$63,745.00$(97,221.00)$350,658.00
Running totals


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

Collins won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins's campaign committee raised a total of $765,887 and spent $659,339.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Collins spent $3.43 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Collins collected $18,195 in campaign contributions.[40] The largest contributors to the campaign were as follows:

Georgia House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Doug Collins's campaign in 2010
Collins, Doug$2,425
Georgia Alliance Of Community Hospitals$2,000
General Electric$1,500
Georgia Dental Association$1,250
Total Raised in 2010 $18,195


In 2008, Collins collected $9,765 in campaign contributions.[41] The four largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Georgia Dental Association $1,000
Georgia Medical Association $500
Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia $500
Home Builders Association of Gainesville $500


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Collins is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 13, 2013.[42]

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.[43]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 8 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 9.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[44]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $102,004 and $499,998. That averages to $301,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Collins ranked as the 318th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Doug Collins Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-42%
Average annual growth:-42%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


Doug Collins voted with the Republican Party 96.1% of the time, which ranked 118th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[48]

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  2. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Collins," accessed 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. National Journal, "New Faces: Georgia, 9th House District," accessed November 20, 2012
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  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Tennessean.com, "Ga. Congressman Doug Collins vows to fight for songwriters," accessed March 20, 2014
  23. Access North GA, "Collins ranked as Ga.'s most conservative congressman," accessed February 11, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Politico, "Doug Collins: ‘This isn’t a democracy’," accessed September 20, 2013
  25. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Doug Collins becomes first in race for new 9th," accessed December 4, 2011
  26. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  27. AP Results, "Georgia U.S. House Runoff Results," accessed August 21, 2012
  28. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed 2010
  29. Georgia House of Representatives, "Election results," accessed 2011
  30. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed 2011
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Collins 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Doug Collins 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  40. Follow the Money, "Georgia House 2010 contributions," accessed 2010
  41. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Doug Collins," accessed 2011
  42. GovTrack, "Doug Collins," accessed June 13, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Doug Collins," accessed August 1, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Doug Collins," accessed March 29, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets, "Collins, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. 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.
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Tom Graves (R)
U.S. House-Georgia District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Georgia House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by