Rep. Collins to speak at Republican National Convention

Collins was first congressman to endorse Trump
Posted at 4:38 AM, Jul 15, 2016

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) will be among the speakers at next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Collins, who represents Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and parts of Erie County in Western New York, was the first member of Congress to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Collins is also the co-chair of Trumps' Congressional Leadership committee, as well as co-chair of Trump New York.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to carry Western New York’s message on behalf of Donald Trump," Collins said in a statement. "We need a Chief Executive who will put America first, defend our nation's security, secure our borders and put an end to the devastating trade deals that have sent American jobs overseas for far too long. Now is the time for our party to unite and focus our efforts on defeating Hillary Clinton and making America great again for all Americans.”

It's currently unclear when Collins will address the crowd during the four-day event.

Other confirmed speakers include former presidential rivals Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will also speak at the event.