|U.S. Senate, Maine|
|January 3, 1995-2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|First elected||November 8, 1994|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|High school||Edward Little High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Maine|
|Birthday||September 8, 1941|
|Place of birth||Augusta, ME|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012. Snowe pointed to the increasingly partisan divide in Congress, stating she was tired of "'my way or the highway' ideologies." Independent Angus King won the election to succeed Snowe.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Snowe's political career:
- Maine State House of Representatives, 1973-1976
- Maine State Senate, 1976-1978
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-1995
- U.S. Senate, 1995-Present
Snowe served on the following Senate committees:
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member
- Select Committee on Intelligence
- Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
- Finance Committee
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.
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.”
Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012. 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.
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.
|U.S. Senate, Maine, 2006 - Olympia Snowe Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,072,027|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,005,358|
|Top contributors to Olympia Snowe's campaign committee|
|New York Life Insurance||$28,200|
|Applied Thermal Sciences Inc||$24,100|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$156,586|
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
According to the data released in 2013, Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Olympia Snowe was ranked the 46th most conservative senator during 2011.
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Snowe has been married to former Governor of Maine John R. McKernan, Jr., since 1989.
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- GovTrack, "Olympia Snowe," Accessed March 3, 2012
- The Washington Post "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012
- Associated Press, "GOP US Sen. Snowe of Maine leaving after 3 terms," February 29, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Olympia Snowe," Accessed October 25, 2011
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- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013
- Politico, "Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi ‘unfortunate,’" Accessed July 23, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets, "Olympia Snowe 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 25, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Olympia Snowe"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Snowe, (R-Maine), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- Official Website "Biography," Accessed October 25, 2011
George J. Mitchell
|U.S. Senate - Maine
| Succeeded by|
Angus King (I)