(HawaiiNewsNow) - Senator Susan M. Collins is Maine's three-term Senator, and a strong bipartisan leader in the U.S. Senate. Maine voters first elected Susan Collins to represent them in the United States Senate in 1996. She was re-elected in 2002 and 2008. She has earned a national reputation as a thoughtful, effective legislator, who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation's most important issues. Sen. Collins is the 15th woman in history to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Senator Collins is a ranking member and former Chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate's chief oversight committee. She also serves on the Appropriations Committee, Armed Services Committee, and is a member of the Special Committee on Aging. Previously, she served for six years on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Collins was also the first freshman Senator ever to lead the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
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