Rep.-elect Douglas Allen Collins (R-Ga.-9)
DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 16, 1966
BIRTHPLACE: Gainesville, Ga.
RESIDENCE: Gainesville, Ga.
EDUCATION: B.S., North Georgia College; M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; J.D., John Marshall School of Law
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: House of Representatives
FAMILY: Wife, Lisa; three children
Republicans picked up an open seat in the newly redrawn 9th district with Doug Collins’s victory over Democrat Jody Cooley.
Collins is a former small-business owner who practices law as the managing partner of Collins & Csider in Gainesville, Ga. He is also a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, based out of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., and served a combat tour in Iraq at Balad Air Base. He also served as pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church in Gainesville for 11 years.
A graduate of the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute, Doug first won election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, where he served the 27th district. He then became an administrative floor leader for Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who preceded him in the 9th district, and served as secretary of the House Appropriations Committee.