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Encyclopedia > Susan Collins
Susan Collins
Susan Collins

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 7, 1997
Serving with Olympia Snowe
Preceded by William Cohen
Succeeded by Incumbent (2009)

Born December 7, 1952 (1952-12-07) (age 54)
Caribou, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse none
Alma mater St. Lawrence University
Religion Roman Catholic

Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952, in Caribou, Maine) is an American politician, the junior U.S. Senator from Maine and a Republican. Image File history File links Susan_Collins_official_photo. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Olympia Jean Bouchles Snowe (born February 21, 1947 in Augusta, Maine) is a Republican politician and the senior United States Senator from Maine. ... William Sebastian Cohen (1940- ) is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trucks outside a starch factory in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940 Location of city of Caribou in state of Maine Caribou is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... St. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trucks outside a starch factory in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940 Location of city of Caribou in state of Maine Caribou is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...

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Biography

Collins is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University. She worked for Senator William Cohen from 1975 until 1987, when she became chair of the Maine commission on financial regulation. She served in this position until 1992, when she briefly served as New England regional director of the National Small Business Administration. She was the Republican candidate in the Maine gubernatorial election of 1994, but both she and the Democratic candidate, former Governor Joe Brennan, were defeated by the Independent candidate, Angus King. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... St. ... William Sebastian Cohen (1940- ) is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to small businesses. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... This is a list of Governors of Maine since statehood in 1820. ... Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American politician from Maine and a Democrat. ... Angus King Angus S. King, Jr. ...


In 1996, when Senator William Cohen announced his retirement, Collins announced her Senate candidacy. After a difficult three-way primary, she defeated Democrat Joe Brennan in the general election with 49% of the vote to Brennan's 44%. She was reelected in 2002 over State Senator Chellie Pingree (D), 58%-42%. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... William Sebastian Cohen (1940- ) is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. ... A primary election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). ... Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American politician from Maine and a Democrat. ... Chellie Pingree (born April 2, 1955) in Minneapolis is President and CEO of Common Cause, a nonpartisan citizens lobbying group based in Washington, DC. Prior to her appointment as head of the organization in March of 2003, Pingree was senate majority leader in the Maine State Senate, representing her island...


Senate career

Senator Collins is often labeled as more bi-partisan than most senators, thus causing some Republicans to label her as a "Republican in Name Only," (RINO). Her voting record is moderate, which puts her to the left of most Republicans in the Senate. In the 1990s, Collins played an important role during the U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of Bill Clinton when she and fellow Maine Senator Olympia Snowe sponsored a motion that would have allowed the Senate to vote separately on the charges and the remedy. When the motion failed, both Snowe and Collins subsequently voted to acquit, believing that while Clinton had broken the law by committing perjury, the charges did not amount to grounds for removal from office. RINO stands for Republican In Name Only, a disparaging term for a member of the United States Republican Party whose words and actions are thought to be too fiscally or socially moderate or liberal. ... While working as an intern at the White House, Monica Lewinsky had a short-term sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Olympia Jean Bouchles Snowe (born February 21, 1947 in Augusta, Maine) is a Republican politician and the senior United States Senator from Maine. ... Perjury is the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing. ...


Collins voted with the majority in favor of the "Iraq War Resolution" authorizing President George W. Bush to go to war against Iraq, on October 10, 2002.[1] On September 19, 2007, she voted with the minority (that was nevertheless large enough to block via filibuster) on a bill restoring the right of habeas corpus; her colleague Olympia Snowe voted for the measure.[1] The Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq (H.J.Res. ... As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ... In common law countries, habeas corpus () (Latin: [We command that] you have the body) is the name of a legal action, or writ, through which a person can seek relief from unlawful detention of themselves or another person. ...


On October 21, 2003, Collins was one of the three Republican Senators to oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and voted with the Senate Democrats. The bill was passed 64-34 and sent to President George W. Bush for his signature and became law on November 5, 2003. is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 be merged into this article or section. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

With fellow Maine Senator Olympia Snowe
With fellow Maine Senator Olympia Snowe

On May 23, 2005, Collins was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a "compromise" on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus allowing the Republican leadership's attempt to control debate without having to exercize the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate. Image File history File links Collladna. ... Image File history File links Collladna. ... Olympia Jean Bouchles Snowe (born February 21, 1947 in Augusta, Maine) is a Republican politician and the senior United States Senator from Maine. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gang of 14 (sometimes called the Mod Squad, with mod standing for moderate) was a term coined to describe the bipartisan group of moderate Senators who successfully negotiated a compromise to avoid the deployment of the so-called nuclear option over the organized use of the filibuster by Senate... As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ... The nuclear option, also called the Constitutional option, is a parliamentary ruling by the presiding officer of the United States Senate to end debate and hold an immediate vote on a matter under consideration. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Appeal. ... The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown Janice Rogers Brown (born May 11, 1949 in Greenville, Alabama) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. ... Priscilla Owen (born in Palacios, Texas, October 4, 1954) is a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. ... William Holcombe Pryor, Jr. ...


Overall, Senator Collins has a moderate voting record. She voted against the ban on late-term abortions (so-called "partial-birth abortions"), the restrictions on travel to Cuba, harsher punishments for drug users, and opposed amending the U.S. Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages.


In October, 2006, President Bush signed into law major port security legislation coauthored by Senator Collins and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). The new law includes major provisions to significantly strengthen security at our nation’s ports. Patricia Lynn Murray (known as Patty Murray) (born October 11, 1950) is a Democratic United States Senator from Washington. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ...


Senator Collins is a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice, The Wish List, Republicans for Environmental Protection, and It's My Party Too. The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of social liberals and moderates in the United States Republican Party. ... Republicans for Choice, an organization based in the Washington, DC area (Headquarters: 2760 Eisenhower Ave, Suite #260, Alexandria, Virginia 22314) is a political action committee (PAC) composed of members of the United States Republican Party who support legalized abortion. ... The Wish List is an organization whose acronym for Women In the Senate and House. ... Republicans for Environmental Protection (or REP America), is a national organization of Republican voters formed in 1995 with the stated purpose of educating and advocating environmental issues and supporting efforts to conserve natural resources and protect human and environmental health. ...


Committee Membership

Since January, 2007, Senator Collins has served as the ranking Republican of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Collins served as chair of the committee from January, 2003, until she became ranking Republican. Collins also serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. She is also a co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. Her tenure both as chair and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been noteworthy for her close working relationship with Joe Lieberman. Lieberman was previously the committee's ranking Democrat. The United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to the functioning of the government itself, including the National Archives, budget and accounting measures other than appropriations, the Census, the federal civil service, the affairs of the District of Columbia, and the United States Postal Service. ... The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nations military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other... The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging was initially established in 1961 as a temporary committee; it became a permanent committee in 1977. ... The United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to the functioning of the government itself, including the National Archives, budget and accounting measures other than appropriations, the Census, the federal civil service, the affairs of the District of Columbia, and the United States Postal Service. ... Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ...


2008 Campaign

The Maine Senate Election of 2008 will be held on November 4, 2008. ...

Running for re-election in 2008 versus Rep. Tom Allen

Collins is running for re-election in 2008 and on May 8, 2007, Representative Tom Allen (District 1) filed papers to run against her. On the same day a poll was released by Critical Insights — an independent polling firm in Portland, Maine — which showed Collins was a strong early favorite. The poll of 600 likely voters, showed Collins leading Allen statewide 57% to 30%, with 65% of the important independent vote. Thomas H. (Tom) Allen (April 16, 1945- ) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Maines 1st congressional district (map). ... Thomas H. (Tom) Allen (April 16, 1945- ) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Maines 1st congressional district (map). ...


Former Democrat and now Independent Senator Joe Lieberman has stated publicly that he plans to campaign for Senator Collins' re-election. This, he said, was returning a favor when Collins' campaign against the Democratic candidate during his bid for re-election in 2006 after he lost in the Democratic primary and decided to run as an Independent in the general election. Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ...


Electoral history

Chellie Pingree (born April 2, 1955) in Minneapolis is President and CEO of Common Cause, a nonpartisan citizens lobbying group based in Washington, DC. Prior to her appointment as head of the organization in March of 2003, Pingree was senate majority leader in the Maine State Senate, representing her island... Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American politician from Maine and a Democrat. ... Angus King Angus S. King, Jr. ... Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American politician from Maine and a Democrat. ...

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Cohen
United States Senator (Class 2) from Maine
1997 – present
Served alongside: Olympia Snowe
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe Lieberman
Connecticut
Chairman of Senate Homeland Security Commmittee
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Joe Lieberman
Connecticut

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Susan Collins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (822 words)
Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952 in Caribou, Maine) is an Irish-American politician, the junior U.S. Senator from Maine and a Republican.
Collins is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St.
On May 23, 2005, Collins was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option".
Susan Collins - dKosopedia (240 words)
Susan Collins elected as a Republican to the United States Senate from Maine in 1996 and reelected in 2002 for the term ending January 3, 2009.
Collins is chair, Committee on Governmental Affairs in the 108th Congress and on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in the 109th Congress.
Collins is quoted as whining about her workload: "There are times when I look at the size of the briefing book and I groan because I know it's going to be a late night.
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