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Summary

Douglas Allen Collins was born in 1966. He is running to in the special election in Georgia, challenging incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Doug Collins is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th congressional district. He has been serving in the Congress since 2013 and is currently the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Prior to join the U.S. House of Representatives, Collins served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013.

From 2017 to 2019, Rep. Collins was the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. Collins currently serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 2008, Collins was deployed for five months to the Balad Air Base, during the war in Iraq.

The special is being conducted as a jungle primary: all candidates are listed on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two will advance to a runoff on January 5, 2021.

Below is Rep. Doug Collins’ record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Rep. Doug Collins opposed the nuclear deal with Iran, arguing that the agreement “permanently ceded economic sanctions in exchange for temporary cooperation from Iran.” He called for nullifying the agreement “as soon as possible, to protect Israel and ourselves from the disaster that will come if we continue to ignore the violence and destruction Iran will unleash.” He supported President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

Rep. Doug Collins opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. He called on his colleagues to “stand with Israel and its right to exist, and to condemn hateful rhetoric of any form.” Rep. Collins supported the decision of the U.S. administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He said that the decision strengthened the U.S.-Israel relationship, while “keeping the door open for continued negotiations towards a two-state solution.”

Congressman Collins cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supports full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. 

Rep. Lujan cosponsored H. Res. 246 that opposed the delegitimization of Israel and the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel. He voted for the bipartisan House Resolution 11 that objected the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

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