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|Position = U.S. Senate, Maine
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Olympia Jean Snowe''' (b. February 21, 1947) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Maine]]. Snowe was first elected to the Senate in 1994.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Olympia Jean Snowe''' (b. February 21, 1947) was a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Maine]]. Snowe served in the Senate from 1994-2013.
  
Snowe will not be seeking re-election in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|2012]].<ref name="retire">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/maine-sen-olympia-snowe-to-retire-in-blow-to-gop/2012/02/28/gIQAkzWkgR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'' "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012]</ref> Snowe pointed to the increasingly partisan divide in Congress, stating she was tired of "'my way or the highway' ideologies."<ref>[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5itpSNZ--VLn3woLBhUbPpMlaypdQ?docId=c9de113ad0e540a586b673dece395ead ''Associated Press,'' "GOP US Sen. Snowe of Maine leaving after 3 terms," February 29, 2012]</ref> There are [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|six other candidates]] running in the June 12, 2012 primary.  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Snowe was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican leader]]."<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300091 ''GovTrack'', "Olympia Snowe," accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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Snowe did not seek re-election in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|2012]].<ref name="retire">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/maine-sen-olympia-snowe-to-retire-in-blow-to-gop/2012/02/28/gIQAkzWkgR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'' "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012]</ref> Snowe pointed to the increasingly partisan divide in Congress, stating she was tired of "'my way or the highway' ideologies."<ref>[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5itpSNZ--VLn3woLBhUbPpMlaypdQ?docId=c9de113ad0e540a586b673dece395ead ''Associated Press'', "GOP US Sen. Snowe of Maine leaving after 3 terms," February 29, 2012]</ref> Independent [[Angus King]] won the [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|election]] to succeed Snowe.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Snowe was born in 1947 in Augusta, Maine. After graduating from Edward Little High School in 1965, Snowe went on to earn her B.A. at the University of Maine in 1969. Prior to her political career, Snowe worked as a businesswoman.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=s000663 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Olympia Snowe," Accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>
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Snowe was born in 1947 in Augusta, [[Maine]]. After graduating from Edward Little High School in 1965, Snowe went on to earn her B.A. at the University of Maine in 1969. Prior to her political career, Snowe worked as a businesswoman.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=s000663 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Olympia Snowe," accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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*U.S. Senate, 1995-Present
 
*U.S. Senate, 1995-Present
  
==Committee Assignments==
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==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Snowe serves on the following Senate committees<ref name="about"/>:
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Snowe served on the following Senate committees<ref name="about"/>:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship|Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee]] ''Ranking Member''
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship|Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee]] ''Ranking Member''
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)|Select Committee on Intelligence]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)|Select Committee on Intelligence]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation|Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation|Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Finance|Finance Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Finance|Finance Committee]]
 
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
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===Fiscal Cliff===
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Snowe voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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===Endorsements===
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====2014====
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Snowe endorsed Wyoming Republican Senator [[Mike Enzi]] over [[Liz Cheney]]. She stated:
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"There is no reason to challenge him. What is the basis? That he’s not working hard enough? He’s working very hard. That he’s not conservative enough? I think it’s regrettable.”<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/olympia-snowe-liz-cheney-challenge-to-mike-enzi-unfortunate-94585.html ''Politico'', "Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi ‘unfortunate,’" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012]]''
  
Snowe will not be seeking re-election in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|2012]].<ref name="retire">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/maine-sen-olympia-snowe-to-retire-in-blow-to-gop/2012/02/28/gIQAkzWkgR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'' "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012]</ref> Candidates [[Andrew Ian Dodge]] and [[Scott D'Amboise]] are running in the June 12, 2012 Republican primary. [[Ben Pollard]], [[Cynthia Dill]], [[John Hinck]], and [[Matthew Dunlap]] are seeking the Democratic nomination. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections|signature filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run is March 15, 2012.  
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Snowe did not seek re-election in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012|2012]].<ref name="retire">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/maine-sen-olympia-snowe-to-retire-in-blow-to-gop/2012/02/28/gIQAkzWkgR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'' "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012]</ref> [[Angus King]] (I) defeated [[Cynthia Dill]] (D), [[Charles Summers]] (R), [[Andrew Ian Dodge]] (L), [[Danny Francis Dalton]] (I), and [[Stephen Woods]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
  
 
===2006===
 
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[[File:Olympia Snowe 2006 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Snowe's campaign funds before the 2006 election.]]
 
[[File:Olympia Snowe 2006 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Snowe's campaign funds before the 2006 election.]]
Snowe won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Snowe's campaign committee raised a total of $3,788,139 and spent $3,157,047.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2006&type=I&cid=N00000480&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Olympia Snowe 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>
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Snowe won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Snowe's campaign committee raised a total of $3,788,139 and spent $3,157,047.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2006&type=I&cid=N00000480&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Olympia Snowe 2006 Election Cycle," accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Analysis==
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Snowe paid her congressional staff a total of $2,470,674 in 2011.  She ranked 22nd on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 36th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Maine]] ranked 41st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/558/Sen_Olympia_Snowe.html ''LegiStorm'', "Olympia Snowe"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Snowe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,426,053 and $29,270,000. That averages to $19,348,026, which was higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/overview.php?type=W&amp;year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Snowe, (R-Maine), 2010"]</ref>
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===Political Analysis===
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====[[National Journal vote ratings]]====
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Each year, ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
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According to the data released in 2013, Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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According to the data released in 2012, Olympia Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Snowe has been married to former Governor of Maine John R. McKernan, Jr., since 1989<ref>[http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography ''Official Website'' "Biography," Accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>.
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Snowe has been married to former Governor of Maine John R. McKernan, Jr., since 1989<ref>[http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography ''Official Website'' "Biography," accessed October 25, 2011]</ref>.
  
 
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*[http://www.olympiaslist.org/ Olympia's List]
* [http://olympiasnowe.com/ Campaign website]
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* [http://www.youtube.com/user/OlympiaforMaine YouTube channel]
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Olympia Snowe
Olympia Snowe.jpg
U.S. Senate, Maine
Retired Senator
In office
January 3, 1995-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1979-1995
Education
High schoolEdward Little High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maine
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 8, 1941
Place of birthAugusta, ME
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Olympia Jean Snowe (b. February 21, 1947) was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Maine. Snowe served in the Senate from 1994-2013.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Snowe was a "centrist Republican leader."[1]

Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012.[2] Snowe pointed to the increasingly partisan divide in Congress, stating she was tired of "'my way or the highway' ideologies."[3] Independent Angus King won the election to succeed Snowe.

Biography

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Snowe was born in 1947 in Augusta, Maine. After graduating from Edward Little High School in 1965, Snowe went on to earn her B.A. at the University of Maine in 1969. Prior to her political career, Snowe worked as a businesswoman.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Snowe's political career[4]:

  • Maine State House of Representatives, 1973-1976
  • Maine State Senate, 1976-1978
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-1995
  • U.S. Senate, 1995-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

Snowe served on the following Senate committees[5]:

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Snowe voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Endorsements

2014

Snowe endorsed Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi over Liz Cheney. She stated: "There is no reason to challenge him. What is the basis? That he’s not working hard enough? He’s working very hard. That he’s not conservative enough? I think it’s regrettable.”[7]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012.[2] Angus King (I) defeated Cynthia Dill (D), Charles Summers (R), Andrew Ian Dodge (L), Danny Francis Dalton (I), and Stephen Woods (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Snowe won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Jean M. Hay Bright (D) and William H. Slavick (I) in the general election.[8]

U.S. Senate General Election, Maine, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOlympia Snowe Incumbent 74.4% 405,596
     Democratic Jean M. Hay Bright 20.8% 113,131
     Independent William H. Slavick 4.8% 26,222
     Independent Other 0% 179
Total Votes 545,128

Campaign donors

2006

Breakdown of the source of Snowe's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Snowe won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Snowe's campaign committee raised a total of $3,788,139 and spent $3,157,047.[9]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Snowe paid her congressional staff a total of $2,470,674 in 2011. She ranked 22nd on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 36th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maine ranked 41st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Snowe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,426,053 and $29,270,000. That averages to $19,348,026, which was higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[11]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2012.[12]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Olympia Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2011.[13]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Olympia + Snowe + Maine + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Olympia Snowe News Feed

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Personal

Snowe has been married to former Governor of Maine John R. McKernan, Jr., since 1989[14].

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
George J. Mitchell
U.S. Senate - Maine
1995-2013
Succeeded by
Angus King (I)