Susan Collins

Born:December 7, 1952 (age 67)
Career:U.S. Senate, 1997-present
Education:St. Lawrence University

Susan Collins assumed office as a United States senator for Maine in January 1997.

Collins was born in Caribou, Maine, on December 7, 1952. In 1975, she graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. For twelve years, she worked on the staff of U.S. Senator William Cohen. Following that, Collins worked in the cabinet of Maine Governor John McKernan. After five years in the post, Collins served as New England administrator of the United States Small Business Administration.

In June 1994, Collins became the first woman in Maine's history to win the major-party nomination for governor; however, she lost in the general election. In December of 1994, she became the founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College in Bagor, Maine. She resigned from this position in 1996 so she could run for the United States Senate.

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