George Collins grew up the eldest child of a large Catholic family near Cleveland, Ohio. He met his 19 year old future bride, Carol, after winning a public speaking award held at his parish hall in Parma, Ohio. George gives full credit to his late father for coaching him on the winning speech. “Dad was responsible for my success in winning the Better World Award in public speaking, but the real award was meeting Carol that same night at a Cuyahoga College party.” Carol and George were married the following year near Cleveland. They both have been active in Christian youth and adult programs in Catholic parishes.
George served in the United States Air Force as a Technical Instructor. He later joined the Ohio Air National Guard while working full-time as a TV engineer at a Cleveland TV station. He attributes his long career as a TV Engineer to his Air Force training. George later received his Commercial pilot instrument rating on the GI Bill.
George and his family moved to sunny Orlando after accepting a TV engineering position at an Orlando TV station. While working full-time, he attended Communication courses at the University of Central Florida and obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees. He continued his love for public speaking by teaching at both college campuses. Professor Collins now teaches Public Speaking courses at Valencia College, East Campus.
George and Carol’s adult children and grandchildren live in Orlando, Lakeland, and Tampa. George has been active in the community for over 25 years in numerous church, civic,and conservative political organizations. “I always felt an obligation to protect my neighbors in the community. Life is precious. I look forward to serving and protecting all my District 50 neighbors and Floridians when I arrive in Tallahassee.”
George continues to stay active in his church and community organizations in District 50. “I live in District 50 and I want to be your public servant. My issues are education, the economy, and ethics. Is there an Educator in the House?”