America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”
This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Doug Collins, who represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District in the state’s Northeast. He was born and raised there. In Congress, Rep. Collins serves on the House Committees on Rules and also the Judiciary, where he is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Collins worked as an attorney, small businessman, and pastor. He spent three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, serving as Floor Leader, and is currently an Air Force Chaplain in the Reserves.
We asked Rep. Collins 10 questions:
1. What motivates you to serve the people of your district in Congress?
I believe in people. Everybody has something great about them. If I’m able to help them see that they can be or do whatever they want — and give them the opportunity to pursue their hopes, dreams and ambitions — then I’m doing my job as a U.S. Congressman.
2. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?
Outside of my faith, which shapes everything I do, the best piece of advice I ever got was to stand for what I believe and account for what I do. It goes back to the personal responsibility of being a Republican.
3. When did you realize you were a Republican?`
I realized I was a Republican when I realized individual choices matter. Personal responsibility is important.
4. What was your first job?
I was about to say my first job is “husband and father.” But my first job as a kid was working in a grocery store. I worked in a grocery store from my senior year in high school to my senior year in college. I did everything from working with seafood and produce to cleaning the aisles. I learned about people in that first job.
5. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?
The most surprising thing was the heavy schedule. I knew it would be busy, but now my entire life is scheduled.
6. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?
Right now, I’m working on the issue of newborn care coverage at the Veterans Administration. As an Air Force chaplain and someone who’s served in the military for 14 years, including in a combat zone, I understand women have an important role in our military. Providing newborn care is a natural extension.
I’m also the father of a special needs child. I know what it’s like to not hold your child for ten days. Sometimes they need that extra time. We need to be able to provide it to babies at the VA.
7. What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading a biography of Winston Churchill by a former member of the British parliament with special insight into the Prime Minister’s leadership during World War II.
8. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with my wife and family.
9. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?
Any BBQ joint in Northeast Georgia. I could name any one of them. I like Luna’s a lot, too. It’s an Italian restaurant in Gainesville in my district.
10. What is your favorite professional sports team?
The Atlanta Braves. I love baseball, and I’ve watched them all my life. When I was a kid, I used to watch on a little 7-inch black white screen.