A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Congressman Doug Collins saw public service modeled by his father, a Georgia State Trooper, and mother, who provided care to local senior citizens. After graduating from North Hall High School, Doug earned a degree in political science and criminal justice from the University of North Georgia. Even then, Doug took the vision and values of northeast Georgia to Washington as an intern in the House of Representatives.
Doug earned his master’s degree in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his community roots only deepened in the eleven years that he pastored Chicopee Baptist Church. In 2006, the people of Georgia’s 27th State House District elected Doug to represent them. During his first term in the state legislature, Doug graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and established his own legal practice.
The work ethic and integrity that Doug shares with the people of northeast Georgia led him to serve as the Governor’s Floor Leader in the state house, where he shepherded legislation to strengthen the HOPE scholarship program for future generations of Georgia students.
As a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain, Doug has ministered to our country's military since 2002. He completed a 2008-2009 deployment to Iraq while stationed at Balad Air Force Base. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Doug remains active in the Air Force Reserve.
Doug has served as a U.S. Representative for Georgia's Ninth Congressional District since 2013. While Doug is a public servant, attorney, and practicing military chaplain, he remains foremost a husband to Lisa and father to daughter Jordan and sons Copelan and Cameron. Lisa is a lifelong educator in Georgia’s public schools, and together she and Doug are actively involved at Lakewood Baptist Church.
In the 115th Congress, Doug serves as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference after being elected to the leadership position by his colleagues in the House of Representatives. In this role, Doug works with the leadership team to support House Republicans in sharing the conservative message of compassion, fairness, and freedom with their communities across the country.
Doug also serves on both the House Judiciary and Rules Committees. He chairs the Rules Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House and is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. In his role on the Rules Committee, Doug helps manage every piece of legislation that comes to the floor.