Olympia Snowe

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Olympia Snowe
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U.S. Senate, Maine
Retired Senator
In office
January 3, 1995-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
High schoolEdward Little High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maine
Date of birthSeptember 8, 1941
Place of birthAugusta, ME
ReligionGreek Orthodox
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.


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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]


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


Snowe served on the following Senate committees[5]:


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]



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]



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.


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


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]


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.


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


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

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

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