Doug is a native of Hall County and graduated from North Hall High School. After high school he went on to earn a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from North Georgia College & State University, a Master's degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.
For 11 years, Doug served as Senior Pastor for Chicopee Baptist Church. Since 2002, he has served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves, completing one combat tour in Iraq during the fall of 2008 where he was stationed at Balad Air Base.
Together with his wife Lisa, Doug has owned and operated a number of small businesses, including a scrapbooking retail store in Gainesville. After selling those businesses, Doug began practicing law and was most recently the managing partner at the law firm of Collins & Csider, LLC in Gainesville.
Doug was elected in November 2006 to represent Georgia House District 27 and served in that capacity until December 2012. During his final session, he was one of three Administrative Floor Leaders for Governor Nathan Deal.
Doug is a graduate of the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute, and was named as one of Georgia's Most Influential Citizens by James Magazine.
Doug has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 24 years. She continues to teach fifth grade at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville. They have three children: a daughter, Jordon, 20 and two boys, Copeland, 16, and Cameron, 14. They are active members of Lakewood Baptist Church.