|Senior U.S. Senator from Maine|
From: January 7, 1997 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Susan Margaret Collins, born December 7, 1952 in Caribou, Maine (age 68), is the senior U.S. senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party. Serving in a fairly liberal state, Collins is frequently labeled as a Republican in Name Only (RINO). She has often broken with her party and voted with the Democrats, notably in support of partial-birth abortion, homosexual "rights", and spending bills. It became more clear by September 2020 that she is a RINO following her announced opposition to President Trump's potential Supreme Court nominee following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was the only Republican to vote against the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.
While she voted with the majority of the Senate in favor of the 2002 "Iraq War Resolution" authorizing President George W. Bush to go to war against Iraq, she cosponsored a non-binding resolution with three other liberal Republican Senators that showed the Senate's disapproval of the President's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq in January 2007. Additionally, in the Obama era, she was one of only three Republicans to support the $787 billion economic stimulus package, although she worked to reduce $100 billion from the package, along with Nebraska Democrat Senator Ben Nelson.
Collins was easily reelected to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2008.
She ran against Democrat challenger Sara Gideon in the 2020 election for a fifth term, winning unexpectedly after unreliable polling had Gideon leading. During the campaign when fake polls flooded news headlines, Collins was compared to Margaret Chase Smith, a four-term incumbent Moderate Republican who lost re-election in 1972 to the more left-wing Bill Hathaway despite being a popular liberal icon.
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. Collins was elected to the United States Senate in 1996.
Susan Collins voting record is moderate and has been consistently one of the most liberal 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 J. Snowe sponsored a motion that would have allowed the Senate to vote separately on the charges and the remedy. 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 exercise 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. 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.
Notwithstanding her views, Collins has a perfect attendance record of over 20 years, not missing one vote since she was sworn into the Senate in 1997.
Senator Collins currently serves as Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Senator Collins is Ranking Member and former Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate's chief oversight committee. She also served on the Armed Services Committee. Senator Collins was also the first freshman Senator ever to lead the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Despite being a member of the SSCI, a committee regarded to be one the most corrupt bodies of the Deep state, Collins announced in early May 2020 that she would support and vote in favor of confirming John Ratcliffe, an anti-establishment conservative nominated by President Trump to be the Director of National Intelligence.
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On January 26, 2021, Collins was one of only five Republican senators to vote against an amendment introduced by Sen. Rand Paul that would declare the second impeachment attempt against Donald Trump to be unconstitutional; the measure was defeated by a 55–45 vote.
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- Shephard, Michael (August 26, 2019). What Margaret Chase Smith’s ouster could mean for Susan Collins. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
- McAllister, Ron (November 7, 2020). Opinion/The Observer: Four terms and out you go, Senator. Seacoastonline. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
- Our Campaigns - Candidate - Susan Collins
- Hellmann, Jessie; Carney, Jordain (July 18, 2017). GOP's repeal-only plan quickly collapses in Senate. The Hill. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- Susan Collins Has Perfect Attendance: She Hasn’t Missed a Senate Vote in 18 Years.
- Susan Collins says she will vote for Trump's intelligence chief nominee
- Carney, Jourdain (January 26, 2021). Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional. The Hill. Retrieved January 26, 2021.