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Rep. Chris Collins

Former Representative for New York’s 27th District

pronounced kriss // KAH-linz

Collins was the representative for New York’s 27th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2019.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Aug. 8, 2018, Collins was arrested and indicted on charges of insider trading of Innate stock by the FBI. He had been under investigation by the House Office of Congressional Ethics since 2017 for sharing material nonpublic information in the purchase of Innate stock, using his status to purchase discounted stock, and in 2013 directing an NIH employee to meet with Innate staff to discuss a clinical trial. He briefly suspended his reelection campaign, then unsuspended it and kept his seat. In May 2019, the House Committee on Ethics reauthorized an Investigative Subcommittee and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice. On Sept. 30, 2019, Collins resigned from Congress and on Oct. 1, 2019, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to federal investigators.

Jul. 14, 2017 Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics
Aug. 28, 2017 House Committee on Ethics decided to extend the matter
Oct. 12, 2017 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Collins's response.
Aug. 8, 2018 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested and indicted on charges of insider trading of Innate stock
Aug. 8, 2018 House of Representatives removed Collins from the House Energy & Commerce Committee after he offered his resignation from the committee
Aug. 11, 2018 Collins announced he would not run for re-election.
Sep. 6, 2018 House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice.
Sep. 18, 2018 Collins reversed his August decision and did run for reelection.
Nov. 6, 2018 Collins won reelection.
May. 3, 2019 House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice.
Sep. 30, 2019 Collins resigned from Congress.
Oct. 1, 2019 Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to federal investigators.
Photo of Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27, 2013-2019]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Collins.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Collins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Collins has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Collins was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Collins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (48%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Commerce (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Education (7%) Taxation (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Collins’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Collins voted Yea

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Collins voted Aye

Collins voted Nay

Passed 318/109 on Dec 17, 2015.

This vote was on the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The vote was to replace the text of H.R. 2029, as passed ...

Collins voted Yea

Passed 266/167 on Oct 28, 2015.

This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously ...

Collins voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Collins voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Collins voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Collins voted Aye

Collins voted Yea

Passed 221/201 on Feb 11, 2014.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2019, Collins missed 122 of 4,294 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2019. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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