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Rep. Chris Collins

Representative for New York’s 27th District

pronounced kriss // KAH-linz

Collins is the representative for New York’s 27th congressional district (view map) as a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Collins is next up for reelection in 2020.

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 did not seek reelection.

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.
Photo of Rep. Chris Collins [R-NY27]

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 Feb 19, 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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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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (48%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Education (10%) Taxation (8%) Commerce (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Collins’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.R. 790: Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019
Jan 30, 2019. Passed 259/161.
Yea H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Sep 26, 2018. Passed 361/61.
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, which is an increase of $17.1 billion above FY18 levels, and $68.1 billion ...
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
Aye H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
Oct 28, 2015. Passed 266/167.
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 the Trade Act of 2015.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.Con.Res. 105 (113th): Prohibiting the President from deploying or maintaining United States Armed Forces in a sustained combat role in ...
Jul 25, 2014. Passed 370/40.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Feb 2019, Collins missed 102 of 3,826 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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