Meet Joe Collins
Joe Collins is from South LA. He grew at 104th and Normandy and knows this district all too well. Extreme amounts of Homelessness, Crime, Lack of Quality Education, and High Gang Activity.
Although Joe was a good kid, it’s extremely hard in this type of environment, not to get pulled into a life of crime and gangs. Joe’s mom made a decision for her children when Joe was entering high school. She had seen enough family members and friends, go down a wrong path and did not want that to happen to her children. Joe’s mother made a bold and selfless decision; She moved her immediate family to a suburb outside of Dallas Texas.
Joe thrived in the state of Texas. Being a resilient kid and having a passion for sports, he found a niche in school sports. This passion allowed him to play, learn, and teach the skills of team building and leadership. Joe continued these learned skills, while playing semipro football.
After high school, Joe was no different from most other kids trying to figure out their next step. With uncertainty, he enrolled in community college and gained employment at his local Walmart. Joe realized after one semester that he wanted a different path, he wanted more in life, and he wanted to make a difference by protecting and serving our great country.
Joe’s passion to serve others started at an early age and earned him the nickname “GI Joe.” Ironically, he was always intrigued by the Military and Prominent Leaders like George Bush, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and John F. Kennedy.
Joe made the most important decision of his first step into adulthood. He was going to follow in the footsteps of the men he admired so greatly; Joe Collins joined the US Navy.
Serving 13 and a half successful years as an Aviation Machinist Mate, Joe Collins worked and trained thousands of sailors on many types of aircraft including the F-18 Super Hornet, E6 Mercury, and the MH60 Sea-hawk. With the help of the US Navy, he also became a licensed financial professional. Joe’s passion to help others also came in the form of becoming a Certified Counselor for rape and sexual assault victims
As a sailor in the US Navy, Joe served during the successful campaign, “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. He also served in the recruiting duty area, where he earned numerous honors and awards. This was a role Joe enjoyed immensely, as he had the pleasure of jump starting the future careers for many of our young American leaders of today.
Joe’s God given gift to serve and help was always pulling at his heart, he often felt the need to do more. He became active in donating his time to charities that fed, clothed, and helped his homeless brothers and sisters on the street. He helped with city beach and park cleanups, mentoring children and young adults, coaching, attending city council meetings and gatherings. Joe used his leadership skills that were taught from the Navy, in hopes of creating a change for future generations.
After the divisiveness and rhetoric of the 2016 elections, Joe Collins felt the aftermath of what is still going on today. The media were creating unnecessary anger, party lines were separating further, nobody was listening with an educated ear, and everyone was talking with no purpose or plan for a better future.
There were voices coming at the American people with real world issues, only to fall on many in leadership with deaf ears. Voices that cried out for support and protection, voices that shared the need for representation, but were met with ridicule and resentment.
Joe Collins heard the voice for change and he knew it was his destiny to once again serve.
Since already taking an oath to defend our country and its people, the decision to serve and defend those without a voice in California’s 43rd District, was one he would proudly make.
Joe Collins upholds the Constitution of the United States of America and promotes fair treatment, equality, and respect for all citizens of our great country. America deserves a leader who will fight for its people and California needs a leader who will properly represent its people!
Joe would be honored to discuss how he officially launched his run for Congress on July 4th 2019 and in two weeks, digitally raised over $200,000. The people want Maxine Waters out, but more importantly, they are wanting to give their hard earned money to Joe Collins; The future Congressman of California’s 43rd District.