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B. T. Collins


Picture of B. T. Collins
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-17-1991 Republican AD-05 19785 Win
11-03-1992 Republican AD-05 93833 Win

Candidate Biography:

Brien Thomas Collins
Born: October 17, 1940 in Mt. Vernon, New York
Military Service: ARMY (Vietnam)
Died: March 19, 1993 in Sacramento, CA

1979-1981: Director, California Conservation Corps
1981-1983: Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown
1988: Founder, California Conservation Corps Foundation
1989-1991: Chief of Staff, State Treasurer Thomas W. Hayes
1991: Director, California Youth Authority

  • In 1967: "As a Green Beret captain during his second tour in Vietman, BT lost his right arm and right leg to a grenade." [Source: Washington Post]
  • Collins was one of very few people to lie in state at the State Capitol. The most recent was Congressman Robert Matsui in 2005. 
  • PLACENAME: The B.T. Collins U.S. Army Reserve Center is located in south Sacramento. The B.T. Collins Juvenile Center is located in Sacramento. B.T. Collins Park is located in Folsom. The B.T. Collins High Tech Training Center is located in Sacramento. The B.T. Collins California Conservation Corps Building is located in Sacramento. [Public Resources Code 14004]
  • SCHOLARSHIP: The B.T. Collins "Captain Hook" Scholarship at Santa Clara University provides financial aid to continuing students who are dedicated to pursuing public service careers, and have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.
  • ANNUAL EVENT: Since 2012, the B.T. Collins Legislative Reception for Youth is an annual event held at the State Capitol by the California Senate Staff Alumni Association. The reception benefits kids from underserved communities graduating from the Youth@City Council civic engagement program.

Source: Outrageous Hero: The B.T. Collins Story by Maureen Collins Baker (Bryce Hill Publishing, 2008)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1991-1992), (1994)