Shawn Collins is a Navy combat veteran who has spent his life fighting for what is right at every turn. To bring our nation back together, we need a leader who has been combat tested and will fight for our county in Congress.
Now a young, dynamic rising star in the Orange County legal community, Shawn served seven years in the Navy JAG Corps. In addition to a tour of duty in Kandahar City, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, he served as a special assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice and a Navy JAG prosecutor. Since his honorable discharge in 2014, Shawn has established himself as one of the top attorneys in Orange County, which he has called home for more than 15 years, full-time since he ended his active military service in 2014.
Born and raised on the south side of Dallas, Shawn grew up in a broken home in a tough community among challenging circumstances. His parents divorced when he was three years old, leading him to live in eight different homes as a child, including sleeping on his uncle’s living room floor with his brother for a period of time. Shawn did not let his disadvantages define him or limit him. He was able to leverage basketball to receive an invaluable education from Rice University which aided him in achieving his American Dream.
From Rice, Shawn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School. He worked briefly in private practice before he felt called to join the Navy JAG Corps and fight for the country he loves so much; following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served in WWII and his father who was an Army Field Artillery officer in the Vietnam era.
Shawn felt an increasing call to further serve his country and volunteered to serve in Afghanistan after seeing the mental and physical challenges our troops were enduring at the height of the Global War on Terrorism. While in Afghanistan, he served as an advisor to Security Forces Advisory Team 10 and lived in Kandahar City. He was on the front lines and survived two suicide assassination attempts. Shawn still serves as an active reservist and does pro-bono legal work to help Vietnam Veterans get their discharges upgraded so they can receive the full VA benefits to which they are entitled.
Shawn swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and believes that its enduring principles are what have allowed us to heal and repair our Country amidst civil war, world wars, and periods of social injustice. Democrats seek to fan the flames of social discord and push Americans further apart with radical calls to defund law enforcement and the forced adoption of socialist ideas. Shawn believes the Constitution should remain our guiding light as America continues its growth toward a more perfect union and remains that bright shiny city on a hill for other nations around the world to emulate.
Shawn is living the American Dream and is the best choice for California’s 45th district. He’s seen firsthand the struggles that everyday Americans face, and he knows what it means to have to fight for everything you have because he’s spent his life doing just that. Now, he wants to take that same spirit to the halls of Congress and fight just as hard for us.
Shawn is active in his community, serving as a board member of the Orange County World Affairs Council. He coaches his children’s basketball and baseball teams and is an avid exercise enthusiast who has completed eight triathlons. He lives in Trabuco Canyon with his wife, Zeina, and their four children.