|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 10th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Jody Hice|
|Born||July 2, 1967|
Jackson, Georgia, U.S.
|Relatives||Mac Collins (father)|
|Education||Georgia State University (BA)|
Michael Allen Collins Jr. (born July 2, 1967) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district since 2023. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Collins graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in business. He has operated several businesses, including a trucking company.
Collins ran to represent Georgia's 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections, when incumbent Paul Broun was not seeking reelection. Collins finished in second place in the primary election to Jody Hice, advancing to a runoff election. Hice defeated Collins in the runoff.
After Hice announced that he would not seek reelection in the 2022 elections, Collins announced his candidacy. Collins and Vernon Jones advanced to a runoff election, and Collins defeated Jones in the runoff on June 21. Collins defeated Tabitha Johnson-Green, the Democratic nominee, in the November 8 general election.
After his election, Collins drew attention for hiring Brandon Phillips as his chief of staff. Phillips was arrested in November 2022 on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty for kicking a dog, and had two previous criminal incidents, including pleading guilty to criminal trespassing and battery for a 2008 incident when he attacked a man and slashed his car's tires, and threw a woman's laptop.
In 2023, Collins was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 21 which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.
Collins was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.
For the 118th Congress:
Collins's father, the late Mac Collins, also served in the House of Representatives, representing Georgia's 3rd congressional district.
Collins and his wife, Leigh Ann, have three children.
Collins is a Methodist.