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 116th Congress, Doug serves as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. In this role, Doug leads his Republican colleagues on a wide breadth of issues within the Committee’s purview, which include fighting to uphold and safeguard the Second Amendment, protecting the lives of unborn children, defending religious liberty, and overseeing our law enforcement agencies.