With a distinguished record of public service spanning nearly forty years, Senator Snowe holds the distinction of being only the fourth woman in U.S. history to be elected to both houses of Congress – and the first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.
A tireless advocate in the U.S. Senate on behalf of Maine, Senator Snowe has garnered national recognition as a consensus-builder. The first Republican woman to secure a full-term seat on the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Snowe is also the current Ranking Member and former Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she sits on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
In focusing her attention on key issues that matter to Maine and America, such as economic growth and deficit reduction, Senator Snowe is widely-regarded as a results-oriented leader and problem solver. Time and again, she has been a vigilant champion for legislative breakthroughs enacted into law, including the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. She is also a recognized leader on the challenges of energy independence and job creation. In her position on the Small Business Committee, Senator Snowe has taken the lead on introducing common sense to the federal regulatory structure, working to require federal agencies to regularly review regulations to ensure that they are fair, effective, and efficient use of government resources.
With a can-do spirit and work-ethic emblematic of the great State of Maine she is so proud to represent in the United States Senate, Senator Snowe is widely regarded as one of the leading champions of bridging the partisan divide to solve the enormous challenges confronting the people of Maine and the nation, especially during these difficult economic times. In 2008, Esquire magazine cited Senator Snowe as one of the Ten Best Members of Congress – and, in 2006, Time named her one of America's 10 Best Senators.