Douglas Allen Collins (born August 16, 1966) is an American politician and a United States Representative from Georgia's 9th congressional district since 2013. Previously he was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 27th district which includes portions of Hall, Lumpkin and White counties. Collins also serves as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of major. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and early career
Born in Gainesville, Georgia, Collins is a graduate of North Hall High School. He attended North Georgia College & State University, where he received a B.A. in Political science and Criminal law, in 1988. He attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1996. Collins also earned his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School, in 2007.
Collins worked as an intern for Georgia Congressman Ed Jenkins, before working as a salesman, selling hazardous material safety products to Georgia's state, and local governments. From 1994 to 2005, Collins was a senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church, while co-owning a scrapbooking retail store with his wife, Lisa. Collins worked as a lawyer, and has been a managing partner at the Collins and Csider law firm since 2010.
In the late 1980s, Collins served two years in the United States Navy, as a Navy-Chaplain. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Collins joined the United States Air ForceReserve Command where he presently serves as a Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel). Enlisted in the 94th Airlift Wing at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia; Collins was deployed to Balad Air Base for five months in 2008, during the Iraq War.
Georgia House of Representatives
Collins served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing Georgia's 27th district from 2007 to 2013. After Republican incumbent state representative Stacey Reece decided he would run for the Georgia State Senate, Collins announced he would run for the vacated seat. He won both the primary and general elections unopposed. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010.
In 2011, Collins sponsored a plan proposed by Governor Deal to reform Georgia's Hope Scholarship program. The bill allowed for a 10% cut in scholarships, and raised the level of the SAT and GPA test scores, required to obtain a scholarship; saving the state $300 million. Collins argued that the program would be insolvent without the cut, saying that "If you look at it at the end of the day, Georgia still leads the way in providing hope—educational hope—for those wanting to go on to post-secondary education." In 2012, he supported amending Georgia's Constitution to establish a statewide commission authorizing and expanding charter schools.
Collins supports the death penalty, voting in favor of allowing juries to use the death penalty, even when there isn't a unanimous verdict, if the defendant has committed at least one “statutory aggravating circumstance. He is against physician assisted suicide, voting in favor of making it a felony for anyone who "knowingly and willingly" assists someone in a suicide. Collins voted for the failed Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Requirement, requiring doctors to give women who are undergoing an abortion the option of a free ultrasound, or to listen to the fetal heartbeat. He also voted in favor of Georgia's law to prohibit Abortions past the 20th week, being one of the most restrictive early abortion bans in the country.
In 2012 Collins signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.
Collins supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “The executive order allows re-entry to lawful permanent residents and does not represent a comprehensive ban on entry to people from certain countries. In this temporary measure, President Trump has given us the opportunity to get refugee policy right going forward.”
In the 2011–2012 legislative session, Collins was one of three administrative floor leaders for Georgia GovernorNathan Deal. Collins served on the committees for:
- House Appropriations (Secretary)
- Judiciary Non-Civil
- Public Safety & Homeland Security
- Health & Human Services
- Defense and Veterans Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012
In 2012, Collins ran for Congress in the redrawn 9th congressional district. (The district's incumbent, Tom Graves, opted to run in the newly created 14th district, where his home was located.) Collins faced local media personality Martha Zoller and retired principal Roger Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary. The 9th is the most Republican district in the Eastern Time Zone, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+27. It was understood that whoever won the Republican primary would be the district's next representative in Congress.
Collins finished first in the primary with 42 percent of the total, but just 700 votes ahead of Zoller. Because neither had a majority, a runoff was held on August 21, 2012, and Collins defeated Zoller in that contest 55 percent to 45 percent. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Jody Cooley 76 percent to 24 percent.
Collins supports repealing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). He calls it an "experiment [that] has continued to fail Americas." He says it is "costly for my neighbors" and claims that the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will not result in anyone losing health coverage.
Despite requests from the media, Collins refused to release a statement regarding sexual misconduct accusations against Donald Trump, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape being released.
Collins supports tax reform and voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He says the bill will encourage businesses to create more jobs and that the economy will strengthen, and therefore communities will strengthen. He claims, “We’re making the IRS less ravenous and putting more money back in the hands of American families so that they can pursue more of their ambitions on their own terms.”
Collins has a "F" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. He opposes the legalization of marijuana, stating in 2012 that "Legalizing marijuana is NOT part of our conservative Northeast Georgia values." Carter is opposed to veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence.
Collins co-sponsored a bill to award the Freedom Riders the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Collins opposes same-sex marriage. He co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act and the State Marriage Defense Act.
Mr. Collins has written letters in defense of military chaplains including Joseph Lawhorn and Wes Modder, both of whom have faced opposition for expressing their Christian beliefs.
Collins opposes expanding the Violence Against Women Act to cover lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. He calls attempts to do so a "feminist attack on family values" and that it is a waste of spending by the federal government. As a result, he voted against the act in 2013.
Collins married his wife, Lisa, in 1988. She is a fifth grade teacher at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville, Georgia; where the couple resides with their three children, Jordan, Copelan and Cameron. One of which has spinal bifidia  Collins is a practicing Southern Baptist, and attends Lakewood Baptist Church.
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David Albert Scott (born June 27, 1945) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 13th congressional district, serving since 2003. The district includes the southern fourth of Atlanta, as well as several of its suburbs to the south and west. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life and education
Scott was born in Aynor, South Carolina and attended high school in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida A&M University, and a master's degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Scott is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Scott served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1974 to 1982 and in the Georgia State Senate from 1982 to 2002.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Co-Chair of the Democratic Study Group on National Security
Scott is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition,New Democrat Coalition and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Scott was the lead sponsor on the following legislation:
- The Financial Literacy Act - an act to provide education to investors and home buyers
- The Access to Healthcare Insurance Act, extending affordable healthcare coverage
- The Extension for Unemployment Benefits and the Overtime Pay Protection Acts
- The Moment of Silence Act for reflection or prayer at the start of each school day in the nation's public schools
- The Retired Pay Restoration Act, giving veterans both retirement and disability pay
- The Zero Down Payment Act which eliminates the down payment requirement for middle and low income families who buy homes with a FHA insured mortgages
- The Mutual Fund Integrity Act which strengthens regulations of the stock market
Scott was ranked as the 18th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
Scott is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act and voted for H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. In 2008, he opposed H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act (a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act while the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling").
David Scott voted for healthcare reform. In the discussion leading up to his vote, Congressman Scott fielded several different points of view. On August 6, 2009, Scott was confronted by a local doctor who claimed to live in Scott's district. The doctor, who later appeared in subsequent debates with his opposition candidate, asked Scott why he was going to vote for a health care plan similar to the plan implemented in Massachusetts and if he supported a government-provided health care insurance option. Scott questioned whether or not the doctor was a resident of Scott's district, although the local TV station WXIA-TV's news department confirmed that the doctor did live and work in Scott's district. Scott also noted that Dr. Hill had not called Scott's office for setting up a meeting concerning health care but this has not been verified.
Although Scott voted against the first version of the 2008 bailout, he backed the final version "after being assured the legislation would aid homeowners facing foreclosures. Scott crafted an added provision dedicating $14 billion to aid those homeowners."
Scott supported two failed pieces of legislation in 2004 and 2006 that aimed to establish a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. However, in May 2013 thinkprogress.org reported receiving an email from a spokesman of Scott saying, 'Congressman Scott fully supports marriage equality.' The Human Rights Campaign's profile of Scott also contains this sentence as his statement under 'position on marriage equality'.
Scott has announced his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that “It’s a good deal for Iran, for Russia, China and probably Hezbollah, but is it not, definitely not a good deal for Israel or for the United States or our allies – especially Jordan and Saudi Arabia . . . " 
David Scott is brother-in-law to baseball hall of fame member Hank Aaron.
In 1978 David Scott founded owned Dayn-Mark Advertising (from the names of his two daughters, Dayna and Marcie), which places billboards and other forms of advertising in the Atlanta area. Scott's wife, Alfredia, now heads the business. In May 2007, it was reported that the business owes more than $150,000 in back taxes and penalties. Scott's campaigns have paid the company more than $500,000 over the eight years totalling from 2002 until current date - for office rent, printing, T-shirts, and other services. He has also paid his wife, two daughters, and son-in-law tens of thousands of dollars for campaign work such as fund raising and canvassing. In 2007, Scott was named one of the 25 most corrupt members of Congress by the political watchdog groupCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Scott has allegedly received death threats over his support of the Affordable Care Act. A swastika was found spray painted on a sign outside of his congressional office in his congressional district.
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