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Representative for New York’s 27th District

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Collins is the representative for New York’s 27th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Collins’s current term ends on Jan 3, 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 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]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Collins was the primary sponsor of 5 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 (45%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Education (10%) Taxation (7%) Commerce (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

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.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 ...
Nay H.R. 2029: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016
Dec 17, 2015. Passed 318/109.
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 by the Senate on an unrelated topic, with the text of this new proposal regarding taxes. A second vote added ...
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.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
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. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
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.
Yea S. 540 (113th): Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act
Feb 11, 2014. Passed 221/201.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Collins missed 97 of 3,674 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% 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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