The Shriver Report – Olympia J. Snowe

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Olympia J. Snowe

Former Senator (R-ME)

Former United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She is currently Chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe, LLC (through which she provides communications and policy advice), a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., a 501(C)(3) organization (where she is a member of the board and Co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform), and a member of the board of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Senator Snowe served in the Senate until January 2, 2013, after being re-elected 2006 to her third and final six-year term with 74 percent of the vote.

Before her election to the Senate, Olympia represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years.  She was the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than any elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican other person since World War II, and is the third longest serving woman in the history of the Congress. While in the House, she co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues for ten years.

During Senator Snowe’s distinguished career she served as Chair and then Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; became the first Republican woman ever to secure a full-term seat on the Senate Finance Committee, the first woman Senator to chair the Subcommittee on Seapower of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the Navy and Marine Corps; and was a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senator Snowe built a reputation as one of the Congress’ leading centrists, co-chairing the Senate Centrist Coalition from 1999-2006. In 2005 she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006 Time Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators.

Born on February 21, 1947, and orphaned at 9 years old, she attended St. Basil Academy, a Greek Orthodox school in Garrison, New York, and graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine in 1969 and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College, University of Maine, University of Delaware, Northeastern University, and University of New Hampshire School of Law, among others. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Her book FIGHTING FOR COMMON GROUND: How to Fix the Stalemate in Congress was published in May.

Senator Snowe is married to former Maine Governor John R. McKernan Jr. and lives in Falmouth, Maine and Washington, D.C.

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