Olympia J Snowe

Born:February 21, 1947 (age 71)
Career:U.S. Senate, 1995-2013
First Lady of Maine, 1989-1995
U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-1994
Maine Senate, 1976-1978
Maine House of Representatives, 1973-1976
State:ME
Party:Republican
Education:B.A., University of Maine

Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator for Maine from 1995 to 2013. Snowe was the second woman to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate.

Snowe was born February 21, 1947, in Augusta, Maine. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Maine in 1969.

In 1973, Snowe was elected to the seat in the Maine House of Representatives left vacant due to the death of her husband, Peter Snowe. In 1976, she was elected to the Maine Senate, and in 1978, she became the youngest Republican woman and first Greek-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maine's 2nd District. In 1994, Snowe was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of the state legislature and both houses of Congress. In 1997, she was appointed counsel to the assistant majority leader; and in 2001, she became the first Republican woman to secure a full-term seat on the Senate Finance Committee.

For information on Snowe's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.

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