Mr. Collins goes to Washington | www.myajc.com

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May

Mr. Collins goes to Washington | www.myajc.com

WASHINGTON — Doug Collins’ days here typically begin before dawn, when he arises from the cot in his office for a morning workout at the members’ gym.

The meetings and votes and hearings that follow clog his schedule to the point where meals and bathroom breaks are a struggle.

The day ends long after dark, as Collins catches up on briefing papers and thinks of his wife and three children back home in Gainesville.

In the four months since Collins joined 83 other freshmen representatives in the U.S. House, he has developed a new favorite smell: the fumes on a southbound Delta jet, carrying him back to “reality.”

The Republican is still learning how to balance his two worlds, bringing a little bit of northeast Georgia to Washington, and vice versa. It hasn’t been easy.

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