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Douglas 'Doug' Allen Collins
Birthdate: Aug. 16, 1966
Birth Place: Gainesville, GA, United States
Residence: Gainesville, GA
District: District 9
Undergraduate: North Georgia College and State University
Graduate: New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Graduate: John Marshall Law School
Doug Collins was born and resides in Gainesville, Ga. He received a bachelor's degree from North Georgia College and State University, a master's of divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School.
He worked for more than a decade as the senior pastor for Chicopee Baptist Church and remains a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He and his wife previously owned a scrapbooking business.
Now an attorney, Collins is a managing partner at Collins & Csider.
A Republican, Collins was elected in 2006 to represent Gainesville in the Georgia House of Representatives and became a floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal, who lives in Collins' district.
Collins and his wife, Lisa, have three children.
Doug Collins, a Republican state representative, beat conservative talk show host Martha Zoller in a July 2012 run-off election for the GOP nomination for the newly created 9th Congressional District seat in northern Georgia. Given the Republican Party's strength in the region, Collins is a favorite to win against Democratic candidate Jody Cooley in the November general election.
Throughout the race, Collins cast himself as a proven conservative in a district with a deep-red voting streak.
He previously worked for more than a decade as a senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church and remains a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 2008, he served a tour in Iraq.
Collins was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who lives in Collins' district, later made Collins one of his floor leaders, tasking the lawmaker with shepherding the governor's legislative agenda through the House.
That agenda included building a consensus for making deep cuts to the HOPE scholarship program. It was a move intended to keep the struggling scholarship program afloat, but also a difficult political position given the program's popularity with voters. Under the changes, only the highest-scoring students get full scholarships and others receive 90 percent of tuition at state schools.
Collins also co-sponsored legislation that now bans abortions five months after conception in Georgia. The rule makes exceptions for pregnancies that threaten the life or health of the mother. To secure the bill's passage, Collins and other proponents had to accept an additional exception allowing abortions when doctors diagnose a fetus with a fatal defect.
During the primary election, Zoller criticized Collins for voting in 2010 to authorize a transportation referendum. The ballot question, which was solidly rejected in Collins' district, asked voters whether they wanted to fund new transportation improvements by raising the sales tax. Local tea party groups rallied against the plan, calling it a tax increase.
Collins said that he supported the legislation because he believed voters deserved a say on the matter. But Collins said he personally voted against the referendum this year because he did not support the list of proposed projects.
He won endorsements from former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, House Speaker David Ralston and current Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Associated Press
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