God's house to the state house

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Capt. Doug Collins, a Protestant chaplain assigned to the 94th Airlift Wing, became State Representative Doug Collins in November after he was elected to represent the 27th District of the Georgia General Assembly. The win marks Chaplain Collins' first term in office.

He was officially sworn into office on Jan. 8th.

"I'm excited," Chaplain Collins said. "I've been active in politics for a while but this is the first time my name has been on the ballot."

The 27th District includes the northern third of Hall and a few precincts in Lumpkin and White counties. Chaplain Collins said he expects to serve on three or four General Assembly committees.

He said his experience as an Airman will aid him in his new job.

"The Air Force promotes a sense of community; service to others; and a willingness to stay with a task until completion," he added. "I can't wait to get started."

Chaplain Collins is a native of Gainesville, Ga. He was commissioned a chaplain in March 2002. He is currently a student at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. He and his wife, the former Lisa Jordan of Lula, Ga., live in Gainesville with their three children.