Collins was among the first wave of prominent Republicans to formally apply to Kemp’s office for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is set to step down at year’s end because of health issues.
The four-term lawmaker has become a household name to supporters of Trump because of his lead role on the House Judiciary Committee and his outspoken opposition to Democratic-led impeachment proceedings.
And his Gainesville-based district is one of the most conservative on the Eastern Seaboard and is home to the state’s largest trove of GOP primary voters.
But he’s far from certain to be tapped to the job by Kemp, who has said he wants to vet both high-profile politicians and unconventional candidates for the job.
About 500 people have now applied, including a prominent business executive, current and former state lawmakers, a U.S. ambassador, decorated military veterans, radio commentators and former Kemp aides.