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Donald Collins
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 2nd district

In office
December 1986 – December 1992
Succeeded by Leo Kieffer
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 31st district

In office
December 1976 – December 1978
Preceded by Hayes Gahagan
Member of the Maine House of Representatives from Aroostook

In office
December 1970 – December 1972
Personal details
Born Donald Frederick Collins
(1925-11-30)November 30, 1925
Caribou, Maine, U.S.
Died March 10, 2018(2018-03-10) (aged 92)
Bangor, Maine, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia McGuigan (m. 1948)
Children 6, including Susan
Alma mater University of Maine (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Rank Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

Donald Frederick Collins (November 30, 1925 – March 10, 2018)[1] was an American politician from Maine. Collins, a Republican from Caribou, Aroostook County, served 5 terms in the Maine Legislature between 1970 and 1992. He also served as mayor of Caribou.[2]

In 1970, Collins was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, and served a single term. In 1976, Collins was elected to his first, two-year term in the Maine Senate. Running again in 1986, Collins was re-elected, serving three more terms in the Maine Senate, retiring in 1992 from elected office.[3]

Background and Family

Donald Collins was the father of United States Senator Susan Collins.[2] His brother, Samuel W. Collins Jr., sat on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1994 and served in the Maine Senate from 1972 to 1984. He was one of four children in his family and had six children. Collins was born in Caribou, Maine. He served in the United States Army during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star for heroism, and a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, after being wounded twice in the Battle of the Bulge. Collins went to the University of Maine. He worked in the family lumber business, established by his great-great grandfather, Samuel Collins, in 1844.[4]


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