Served our Country in the Military and now in Office- Congressman-elect Doug Collins

Posted December 4, 2012

Representative-Elect Doug Collins

Georgia, Ninth District


This is the third in a series of profiles of the 12 veterans elected to Congress for the first time in November.

Doug Collins joins the 113th Congress after serving three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. Most recently, he co-sponsored legislation that revised Georgia’s HOPE scholarship and grant program, helped establish psychiatric crisis stabilization units, and reformed medical education oversight for the state.

He was born in Gainesville, Georgia, the son of a state trooper.  He graduated from North Georgia College & State University in 1988 with a double major in Political Science and Business.  After working several years in the hazardous materials industry, Mr. Collins was called to the ministry.  He volunteered as a youth minister before entering the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and after completing his training there he returned to his hometown to serve as the pastor of Chicopee Baptist Church.  In 2005 he stepped down from that position to attend law school in Atlanta, then opened his own legal practice in Gainesville.

The Representative-elect has been a member of the United States Air Force Reserves since 2002.  He works with soldiers and their families as a Chaplain, and served a tour in Iraq in 2008. He currently holds the rank of Major.

The newly-elected congressman will represent Georgia’s ninth district, which encompasses the state’s northeastern corner.