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Congressman Doug Collins

Representing the 9th District of Georgia

Representing the 9th District of Georgia

Congressman Doug Collins grew up in Hall County, Georgia, where he learned about service to others from his dad, a Georgia State Trooper, and his mom, who provided care services to local senior citizens. Doug graduated from North Hall High School and went on to earn a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from North Georgia College & State University.  He later earned his master’s degree in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary while serving the community full-time as the senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church. 

In November 2006, Doug was elected to represent District 27 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Over his first term, Doug earned a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.  During his time in the Georgia legislature, Doug led House Republicans as the governor’s primary Floor Leader, shepherding through legislation that made responsible reforms to state programs, like the Georgia HOPE scholarship, to secure them for future generations.

Aside from his service as a pastor, state representative, and now United States Congressman, Doug has ministered to members of our military as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve since 2002. In 2008, he served a combat tour stationed at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.  During the government shutdown of 2013, Doug offered and the House passed H. Con. Res. 58, a resolution urging the Obama Administration to stop its infringement on religious liberty and the First Amendment and allow chaplains of any denomination or faith to continue providing religious services.

For over 25 years, Doug has been married to Lisa Collins, a 5th grade teacher at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville.  Over the years, Doug and Lisa have operated small businesses ranging from a scrapbook supply store to the law firm of Collins and Csider, LLC.  Doug and Lisa have three children, a daughter Jordan and sons Copelan and Cameron. As a family, they are very involved at Lakewood Baptist Church.

In the 114th Congress, Doug serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, where he is Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, working to encourage innovation and to preserve intellectual property rights. As co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus and member of the Recording Arts & Sciences Caucus, he has a proven track record of championing the rights of creators. As the lead sponsor of the Songwriter Equity Act, he is dedicated to updating our copyright laws and ensuring parity in the music licensing landscape. He also serves on the House Rules Committee.