A veteran of some forty years in public office, at both the state and federal levels, Senator Snowe built a reputation as a moderate always ready to work for bipartisan compromise. But with Congress increasingly mired in deadlock and polarization, Snowe, writing out of both frustration with the stalemate and a belief that the system can work, has issued this call for a citizens movement to hold elected officials accountable.
The Honorable Olympia Snowe
With her election in 1994, Olympia Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate with 74 percent of the vote. Before her election to the Senate, Ms. Snowe represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006 TIME Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators.