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US Rep. Doug Collins visits alma mater

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UNG President Bonita Jacobs, far left, and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, left, listen to language presentations from UNG students during Collins' recent visit to the Dahlonega Campus.

Doug Collins, who is believed to be the University of North Georgia's first graduate elected to Congress, made his first official visit as a congressman to the university's Dahlonega Campus on Aug. 29. Collins was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 9th Congressional District in November 2012 and assumed office in January.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

Collins, an attorney, graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in political science and criminal justice and later earned a master's degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a law degree from John Marshall Law School.

In addition to a tour of the Dahlonega Campus and a meeting with university administrators, Collins received a presentation by students who highlighted the scope of the university's language programs and study abroad opportunities.

During his visit, which he said was a bit like coming home, Collins commended university leaders for the positive strides in consolidation to create new opportunities for students and for developing partnerships that will support educational success across the region.

He added that the university is in a position to create a positive and progressive culture that promotes academic achievement and sustainable economic development for the north Georgia region.

In the 113th Congress, Collins serves on the House Committees of Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Oversight & Government Reform. Collins also serves on several subcommittees within each of the three committee assignments.

Before his election to Congress, Collins served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 27th District that included portions of Hall, Lumpkin and White counties from January 2007 to January 2013. During his final session, Collins was one of three administrative floor leaders for Gov. Nathan Deal.

Since 2002, Collins also has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, including a combat tour at Balad Air Base in Iraq in 2008. Collins served as senior pastor at Chicopee Baptist Church in Gainesville for 11 years.

Collins will return to the Dahlonega Campus on Saturday, Sept. 7, for the 9th District Academy Day, an event that gives legislators an opportunity to meet with students who are interested in attending the national service academies. Representatives from the offices of Sen. Johnny Isakson and Sen. Saxby Chambliss will also attend the event.

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