Chris Collins

Chris Collins 1

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 29 since 2016

Affiliation: Republican

Overview:

“Chris understands what sort of leadership the community expects- principled conservatism with an emphasis on serving the needs of the public. It is vital that our leaders fundamentally understand that every dollar taken from the taxpayer must, in turn, be respected as the taxpayer’s money.”

About

Chris Collins

Source: Campaign page

A Winchester and Frederick County native, Delegate Chris Collins has always called the valley home. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on March 22, 1971 and raised in Winchester. He graduated locally from James Wood High School in 1990 and later received an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1992. In 1994 Chris graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003 and is currently a defense attorney in Winchester, VA.

Chris has a longstanding history of service to his community, which began in his teen years thanks to his parents. Charlotte and Verne were Deans at the University of Shenandoah. Charlotte was Dean of the Conservatory and Verne was Dean of the University, and later Director of Development and a professor of business. His parents’ passion for serving their community got young Chris involved in volunteer work with the Apple Blossom Festival, various Shenandoah University events, the Child Advocacy Center, and the Lions Club.

Chris’s commitment to his community continued as an adult. He was on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for the Redbud District, a local governing body for Frederick County responsible for personal property tax rates and the annual budget for education, public safety and other necessary expenses. He was also Chairman of the Code and Ordinance Committee. This Committee reviewed all new ordinances or revisions to county code. During this time Chris was a member of the Human Resources Committee, which handled all personnel in the county. Additionally, he sat on the Public Safety Committee which oversees fire and rescue as well as the Sheriff’s office for the area. Chris is also the former 3rd Vice President of the Winchester 3rd Lions Club and a member from 1994-2000.

Before becoming a delegate for the 29th District, Chris had several different careers. He served in the Army National Guard from 1989-2005, was a respiratory therapist at the UVA Medical Center Critical Care Unit, a trust officer with F&M Bank in Winchester, a Deputy of Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and an attorney at Inger and Collins. Currently he is a defense attorney with Buchbauer and McGuire in Winchester.

In the House of Delegates, Chris serves on several committees including Courts of Justice, Education, and Transportation.

Delegate Collins continues his service to Frederick County and currently serves as a member of the Frederick County Service Authority Committee, where he deals with local water and sewer priorities for the area.

Notable legislation the Delegate was a part of ranged from “Go Virginia”, a program to create economic growth in the Commonwealth’s Districts through grants, to the formation of Drug Courts in the region. Chris also worked on legislation that provided reciprocity with other states for concealed hand gun permits. His work to support local businesses and the “Go Virginia” grant program earned him recognition as Freshman Legislator of the Year from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Chris lives in Winchester with his wife, Therese, their son Noah, and two rescue labs, Ranger and Lola. In his free time the Delegate referees for local high school varsity football games, enjoys playing golf, and model railroading with his son.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Defense attorney
    Buchbauer and McGuire
    2019 to present
  • Deputy
    Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    2019 to present
  • Defense attorney
    Inger and Collins
    2019 to present
  • Trust officer
    F&M Bank in Winchester
    2019 to present
  • Respiratory therapist
    UVA Medical Center Critical Care Unit
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    University of Baltimore
    2019 to present
  • B.S., Economics
    James Madison University
    2019 to present
  • A.S., Respiratory Care
    Shenandoah University
    2019 to present

Personal

Birth Year: 1971
Place of Birth: Lynchburg, VA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Catholic
Spouse: Therese Marie Frank (Tereze)
Children: Noah

Membership & Affiliation

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Rotary of Frederick County
  • Winchester Football Officials Association
  • FOP
  • Mason

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Brad Veach
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1029

District Office
P.O. Box 459
Winchester, VA 22604
Phone: (540) 539-1724

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate for VA House District 29

Chris Collins (R)15,53264.36%
Irina Khanin (D)8,58335.57%
Write In (Write-in)170.07%
TOTAL24,132

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Transportation
Education

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
Education – Subcommittee #1
Transportation – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
House Courts of Justice
House Education
House Transportation
Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia
Substance Abuse Services Council
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

In the News

ELECTION 2019: Results of the contested races
Winchester Star – November 6, 2019

These are the results of the contested races as of midnight.
Virginia Senate
Republican Jill Vogel held onto her seat, defeating her Democratic challenger Ronnie Ross.

Virginia House of Delegates
Del. Wendy Gooditis (D) defeated Randy Minchew for the 10th House of Delegates seat.
Del. Dave LaRock (R) defeated Mavis Taintor for the 33rd House of Delegates seat.
Del. Chris Collins (R) defeats Irina Khanin for the 29th House of Delegates seat

Local GOP delegates face little resistance in turbulent election
By: Max Thornberry
The Northern Virginia Daily – November 6, 2019

In a night when Republicans lost control of their slim majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates, Republicans representing Shenandoah and Warren counties will return to Richmond next year as members of the minority party.

In the House District 29 race, Chris Collins, R-Winchester, defeated Irina Khanin, D-Winchester, barely losing Winchester City but winning over voters in Frederick and Warren counties.

At the end of the night, Collins took 15,530 votes (64.88%) compared to Khanin’s 8,391 votes (35.05%). The remaining 0.07% of the votes were filled with 17 write-in ballots.

Shad Plank: A Hampton Roads voice in a Northern Virginia dominated House leadership
By: Dave Ress
Daily Press – December 3, 2019

So far, the leadership of the new Democratic majority in the House of Delegates has looked pretty Northern Virginian, but now there’s a exception to that rule — one of the Peninsula’s own, Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, is co-whip.

Mullin’s a strong Democrat, but he does build coalitions across the partisan divide. Just in the last session, he worked closely with Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, on distracted driving legislation, and with Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, on a measure to open access to youth services that previously had been reserved for children only after they got into trouble with the law.

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