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Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.)

District: 27th District
Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1998; Erie County executive, 2007-11; defeated for re-election to Erie County executive, 2011; U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-present
Born: May 20, 1950; Schenectady, N.Y.
Residence: Clarence
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Mary Collins; three children
Education: North Carolina State U., B.S. 1972; U. of Alabama, Birmingham, M.B.A. 1975
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2012 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Communications & Technology; Health; Oversight & Investigations)

Election History
2014generalChris Collins (R) 144,67571.0
James O'Donnell (D) 58,91128.9
2012generalChris Collins (R, C) 161,22050.8
Kathy Hochul (D, WFM) 156,21949.2
1998generalJohn LaFalce (D, INDC, L) 97,23557.0
Chris Collins (R, C) 69,48140.7
David Denzel (RTL) 3,8132.2
Roll Call Vitals


on the House Seniority List

Fellow New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D) is 3rd.


New York is 5th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@RepChrisCollins)

Rep. Chris Collins has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Chris Collins is ranked 18th on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.