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Transcribed biography of Steve L. Collins


It took 153 years, after Indiana became a State, before someone from the populous north end of Porter County was elected to the Indiana General Assembly.

Performing this feat was the honorable Steve L. Collins, Indiana State Representative. General Assemblyman honorable Steve L. Collins was elected in the year 1972, and served with distinction in the House of Representatives. He immediately became co-chairman of the powerful House Labor Committee, and served with distinction during his term of office (years 1973 and 1974).

It is his law, the Collins Act of 1973, which permits a right turn on a red light the length and breadth of the entire State.

Steve L. Collins and Anne his wife, live in Portage Township; and they have 3 sons and one daughter.

Steve L. Collins is a steelworker and began employment at Inland Steel Company, initially as a metallurgical Engineer and subsequently as a safety Engineer.

Fifteen years ago, when National Steel broke ground for its new plant in Porter County, he took advantage of the employment opportunity.

At that time he set up the Health and Safety program at the Midwest Steel Division as its General Supervisor of Safety, Training and Community Relations.

He is in his fourth year as Midwest Steel's Director of Public Affairs.


1. Chemical Engineer -- Wright College
2. Ph. B. -- Northwestern University

1. Governor's representative, Northern Indiana Plan Commission (1975)
2. Deacan, Presbyterian Church (1975-1977)
3. Board of Directors, United Way Porter County (1974-1977)
4. Board of Directors, St. Mary Hospitals, Hobart and Gary (1970-1976)
5. Board Secretary, Young Men's Christian Association (1968-1974)
6. Porter County Extension Advisory Board (1975-1977)
7. Rotary club President, Portage (1972)
8. Elected Precinct Committeeman (3 terms) (1970-1976)
9. Elected Town Board President (1971)
10. Elected Indiana State Representative (1973 & 1974)
11. Board of Directors, Portage
Chamber of Commerce (1968-1971)
12. Indiana Commissioner on Safety Standards (1971-1973)

1. American Society of Safety Engineers
2. Member of Public Affairs Task Force, United State Chamber of Commerce jointly with National Association of Manufacturers
3. Citizenship Participation Committee member, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce
4. Public Affairs Committeeman, Indiana Manufacturers Association
5. General Chairman, National Safety Council's Metals Section. Charter-President, Tri-State chaplain, American Society of Safety

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 91-92

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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