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}}{{tnr}}'''Susan Margaret Collins''' (b. December 7, 1952) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Maine]]. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and is currently serving her third term.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Susan Margaret Collins''' (b. December 7, 1952, in Caribou, Maine) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Maine]]. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and is currently serving her third term.  
  
 
She is set to run for re-election in [[Maine]]  in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014|November 4, 2014]].<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/20/susan-collins-senate-2014-election-maine/2003837/ ''USA Today'' "Moderate GOP Sen. Collins intends to run again," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
 
She is set to run for re-election in [[Maine]]  in [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014|November 4, 2014]].<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/20/susan-collins-senate-2014-election-maine/2003837/ ''USA Today'' "Moderate GOP Sen. Collins intends to run again," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
 
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Collins 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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====National security====
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=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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{{Support vote}} Collins voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/379/susan-collins#.Ul_6KlN0I7I ''Project Votesmart,'' "Susan Collins Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013]</ref>
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===Drones filibuster===
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====Economy====
 
====Paul Ryan Budget Proposal====
 
====Paul Ryan Budget Proposal====
 
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=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
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{{Support vote}} Collins voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====2013 Senate Budget Proposal=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Collins voted against the 2013 [[United States Senate|Senate]] Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Collins was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
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The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.
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The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.
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The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.
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The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
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====Immigration====
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=====Completion of fence along Mexico border=====
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{{Support vote}} Collins voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social Issues====
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=====Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013=====
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{{Support vote}} Collins voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
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Collins 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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Collins is seeking election to a fourth term as U.S. Senator to Maine in 2014.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/20/susan-collins-senate-2014-election-maine/2003837/ ''USA Today,'' "Moderate GOP Sen. Collins intends to run again," accessed October 24, 2013]</ref> She will seek the nomination in the [[Republican]] primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Collins’ reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?S6ME00159 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Susan Collins Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Collins’ reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00314575 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Susan Collins 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013]</ref>
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===2008===
 
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[[File:Susan Collins 2008 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Collins' campaign funds before the 2008 election.]]
 
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===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
The website ''Open Congress,'' tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300025_Susan_Collins ''OpenCongress,'' "Susan Collins," Accessed August 9, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300025_Susan_Collins ''OpenCongress,'' "Susan Collins," Accessed August 9, 2013]</ref>
 
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Collins paid her congressional staff a total of $2,549,604 in 2011.  She ranked 16th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 50th 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/25/Sen_Susan_Collins.html LegiStorm "Susan Collins"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Collins paid her congressional staff a total of $2,549,604 in 2011.  She ranked 16th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 50th 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/25/Sen_Susan_Collins.html LegiStorm "Susan Collins"]</ref>
  
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Collins' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $110,005 and $300,000. This averages to $205,002, a decrease of 17.17% since 2010. This is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000491&year=2011''OpenSecrets.org'', "Collins, (R-Maine), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Collins' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $110,005 and $300,000. This averages to $205,002, a decrease of 17.17% since 2010. This is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000491&year=2011''OpenSecrets.org'', "Collins, (R-Maine), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Collins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $145,005 and $350,000. That averages to $247,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000491&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org'', "Collins, (R-Maine), 2010"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Collins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $145,005 and $350,000. That averages to $247,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00000491&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org'', "Collins, (R-Maine), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
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Collins lives in Bangor, Maine.<ref>[http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=AboutSenatorCollins.Biography&CFID=77166291&CFTOKEN=23338580 ''Official Senate Page'' "Biography," Accessed October 25, 2011]</ref> In August 2012 she married Thomas Daffron, chief operating officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, and a former chief of staff to Senators William Cohen, [[Fred Thompson]] and [[Lisa Murkowski]]. This was her first marriage, his second.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/fashion/weddings/susan-collins-thomas-daffron-weddings.html?_r=0 Susan Collins and Thomas Daffron], ''The New York Times'', August 12, 2012</ref>
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She is the niece of former [[Judgepedia:Maine Supreme Judicial Court|Maine Supreme Judicial Court]] justice [[Judgepedia:Former Maine Supreme Court justice dies|Samuel Collins, Jr.]]
  
 
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Collins lives in Bangor, Maine.<ref>[http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=AboutSenatorCollins.Biography&CFID=77166291&CFTOKEN=23338580 ''Official Senate Page'' "Biography," Accessed October 25, 2011]</ref> In August 2012 she married Thomas Daffron, chief operating officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, and a former chief of staff to Senators William Cohen, [[Fred Thompson]] and [[Lisa Murkowski]]. This was her first marriage, his second.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/fashion/weddings/susan-collins-thomas-daffron-weddings.html?_r=0 Susan Collins and Thomas Daffron], ''The New York Times'', August 12, 2012</ref>
 
 
She is the niece of former [[Judgepedia:Maine Supreme Judicial Court|Maine Supreme Judicial Court]] justice [[Judgepedia:Former Maine Supreme Court justice dies|Samuel Collins, Jr.]]
 
  
 
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Susan Collins
Susan Collins.jpg
U.S. Senate, Maine
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorWilliam S. Cohen (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,306,142
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCaribou High School
Bachelor'sSt. Lawrence University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 7, 1952
Place of birthCaribou, ME
Net worth$205,002
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Susan Margaret Collins (b. December 7, 1952, in Caribou, Maine) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Maine. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and is currently serving her third term.

She is set to run for re-election in Maine in November 4, 2014.[1]

Prior to her election in the Senate Collins served as Deputy State Treasurer of Massachusetts.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Collins is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members.

Biography

Collins was born in 1952 in Caribou, ME, where she also attended high school. She earned her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1975. Before seeking office herself, Collins had worked on the staff of now-former Senator William S. Cohen.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Collins' professional and political career[2]:

  • Staff Director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management, 1981-1987
  • Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, 1987-1992
  • New England Regional Director, United States Small Business Administration, 1992
  • Deputy State Treasurer of the State of Massachusetts, 1993
  • U.S. Senate, 1997-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Collins serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)
  • Special Committee on Aging, Ranking Member

2011-2012

Collins served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Collins's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Collins was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[13]

Economy

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "No" In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R).[14] Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.[14]

Collins was one of the five Senate Republicans who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[14]

The budget cuts about $5 trillion over the next decade and aims to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[15]

Some GOP tea partyers opposed the measure because of its reliance on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January 2013 in order to balance the budget.[14]

Others in the Senate opposed the Ryan plan because of cuts from safety net programs for the poor and the inclusion of a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.[14]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[7]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Collins voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[7] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Collins was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[7]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[7]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Collins voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[7]

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Voted "Yes" On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[16] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[17] Collins was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Collins 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.[19]

DHS speculation

Upon Janet Napolitano's retirement from head of the Department of Homeland Security, there was speculation that Collins may have been tapped for the position. On July 16, 2013, she told reporters, "The White House has not contacted me, I do not expect to be contacted by the White House and I am very happy being senator from Maine and I’m fully committed to seeking reelection." [20]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014

Collins is seeking election to a fourth term as U.S. Senator to Maine in 2014.[21] She will seek the nomination in the Republican primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Susan Collins won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Thomas H. Allen (D) in the general election.[22]

U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins incumbent 61.3% 444,300
     Democratic Thomas H. Allen 38.6% 279,510
     N/A Other 0.1% 620
Total Votes 724,430

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $12,306,142 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 19, 2013.[25]

Susan Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 15) Won $8,039,750
2002 U.S. Senate, Maine Won $4,266,392
Grand Total Raised $12,306,142

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Collins’ reports.[26]

Susan Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$921,220.26$374,028.55$(63,543.74)$1,231,705.07
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$1,231,705.07$1,043,327.00$(188,503.22)$2,086,528.85
October Quarterly[29]October 13, 2013$2,086,528.85$805,793.81$(125,679.77)$2,766,642.89
Running totals
$2,223,149.36$(377,726.73)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Collins' campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Collins won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Collins' campaign committee raised a total of $8,039,750 and spent $7,996,626.[30]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking'

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Collins is a "centrist Republican leader" as of June 27, 2013.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[32]

Collins most often votes with:

Collins least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Collins missed 0 of 5,172 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Collins paid her congressional staff a total of $2,549,604 in 2011. She ranked 16th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 50th 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.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $110,005 and $300,000. This averages to $205,002, a decrease of 17.17% since 2010. This is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Collins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $145,005 and $350,000. That averages to $247,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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, Collins was ranked the 47th most conservative senator during 2012.[37]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Susan Collins was ranked the 47th most conservative senator during 2011.[38]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Susan Collins has voted with the Republican Party 61.5% of the time, which ranked 46 among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.

Personal

Collins lives in Bangor, Maine.[39] In August 2012 she married Thomas Daffron, chief operating officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, and a former chief of staff to Senators William Cohen, Fred Thompson and Lisa Murkowski. This was her first marriage, his second.[40]

She is the niece of former Maine Supreme Judicial Court justice Samuel Collins, Jr.

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External links


References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Susan Collins," Accessed October 25, 2011
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  4. Official Senate Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 25, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Project Votesmart, "Susan Collins Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
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  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 CBS News "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
  15. Washington Post "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
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  17. Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
  18. NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
  19. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. Washington Post, "Susan Collins: No thanks on DHS secretary," accessed July 16, 2013
  21. USA Today, "Moderate GOP Sen. Collins intends to run again," accessed October 24, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Charles Rangel" April 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Susan Collins 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Susan Collins April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Susan Collins July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Susan Collins 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 25, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Susan Collins," Accessed June 27, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Susan Collins," Accessed August 9, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Chris Collins" Accessed April 2013
  34. LegiStorm "Susan Collins"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Collins, (R-Maine), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Collins, (R-Maine), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. Official Senate Page "Biography," Accessed October 25, 2011
  40. Susan Collins and Thomas Daffron, The New York Times, August 12, 2012
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William Cohen
U.S. Senate - Maine
1997-Present
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