Collins picked by Trump for House Leadership Committee

Staff Reports Posted 31 March 2016 at 12:00 am

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, made national news on Feb. 24 when he was the first member of Congress to publicly announce an endorsement for Donald Trump for president.

Now Collins has been tasked by Trump to convince more members of the House of Representatives to support Trump’s candidacy.

The Trump campaign announced today that Collins and Duncan Hunter of California will serve as co-chairs of his campaign’s U.S. House Leadership Committee.

“Congressman Hunter and Congressman Collins are conservative stalwarts,” Trump said in a statement issued by his campaign. “I am honored to have the support of these two well respected members of Congress who share my vision of securing our borders, strengthening our military, treating our veterans with the respect and care they deserve and putting Americans first again.”

Collins praised Trump on Feb. 24 for his successful career as a businessman and entrepreneur.

“Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation’s jobs stolen by China, take on our enemies like ISIS, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, reestablish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream,” Collins said. “That is why I am proud to endorse him as the next President of the United States.”