Apr 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Former Georgia Rep. Doug Collins won't run for office in 2022

Doug Collins speaks into a microphone

Doug Collins in Buford, Ga. in Nov. 2020. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Former Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who served for four terms in the House before launching an unsuccessful bid for Senate last year, will not run for public office in 2022, he announced Monday.

Why it matters: Collins was one of former President Trump's fiercest defenders in Congress. There was speculation he may run for Senate in Georgia again in 2022 against Rev. Raphael Warnock, who defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffer — Collins' opponent in the GOP primary — in January's special election.

What he's saying: "For those who may wonder, this is goodbye for now, but probably not forever. I do plan on staying involved in shaping our conservative message to help Republicans win back the House and the Senate and help more strong conservative candidates get elected here in Georgia," Collins said in a statement.

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