Elected in 2010, Representative Nick Collins is in his second term representing the 4th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. An outspoken advocate for stronger public health laws, Rep.Collins was a lead sponsor of the Parental Notification bill that was included in the landmark Prescription Drug Monitoring bill signed into law by Governor Patrick on August 24, 2012. An ardent supporter of increased funding for law enforcement and public safety, Rep. Collins has successfully secured state funding for hazardous materials training for the Boston Fire Department. He has also successfully lobbied the Boston Police Department to reinstate the daytime drug unit in his district and across the city of Boston. For his work, Rep. Collins was recognized by the Urban Public Safety Alliance of Massachusetts at their 2013 annual banquet for his dedicated commitment to public safety. He is a member of the Committees on Ways & Means; Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities; Elder Affairs; and elected Chairman of the Boston Delegation for the current session.
His leadership has been recognized by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, who in 2011 named Rep. Collins one of the top 50 state legislative leaders in the US at the Emerging Leaders Conference at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. In 2012, he was selected by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston to be part of a Massachusetts legislative delegation to Israel focused on strengthening partnerships with the Israeli business and government leaders, particularly in the area of water innovation. Most recently, his leadership was recognized by the European Union as “a young, promising [political] leader” in the United States. In January, Rep. Collins was selected to participate in the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP), meeting with leaders of the European Commission and European Parliament covering the areas of Transportation, Biotechnology, Energy, Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, and Financial Services regulation and investment and their impacts on Massachusetts.
Aside from his legislative duties, Rep. Collins is a founding board member of UP Academy of Boston, UP Academy of Dorchester, an Advisory Board member of Excel High School in South Boston, and a co-founder of the South Boston Leadership Initiative. A lifelong resident of South Boston, Collins is a graduate of Boston Latin School, The Gunnery and Babson College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.