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 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.|
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 Jan 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Collins was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5395 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 116 Main Street in Dansville, New York, as the “Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Post Office ...
- H.R. 931: Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018
- H.R. 4372 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 Rochester Street, Bergen, New York, as the Barry G. Miller Post Office.
- H.R. 3821 (114th): Medicaid DOC Act
- H.R. 2439 (114th): To amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Silvio O. Conte Senior Biomedical Research Service.
- H.R. 3472 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13127 Broadway Street in Alden, New York, as the “Sergeant Brett E. Gornewicz Memorial Post ...
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).
Collins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (48%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Education (7%) Taxation (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Commerce (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)
Some of Collins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4441: To amend titles 49 and 10, United States Code, to provide for the ...
- H.R. 3739: Red Light Act
- H.R. 3386: Protect the Uninsured Act of 2019
- H.R. 3231: Renovate and Enhance Veterans Meeting Halls and Posts Act of 2019
- H.R. 2801: Helping Labor Personnel on Farms Act
- H.R. 2165: 9-1-1 Fee Integrity Act
- H.R. 1726: Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2019
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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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