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Susan M. CollinsREPRepublican United States Senator
71
Years of Age
27
Years of Experience
MEResidence (state)

Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Maine. A member of the Republican Party, she has held her seat since 1997 and is Maine's longest-serving congresswoman. Born in Caribou, Maine, Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Beginning her career as a staff assistant for Senator William Cohen in 1975, she became staff director of the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee of the Committee on Governmental Affairs (which later became the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs) in 1981. Governor John R. McKernan Jr. then appointed her commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation in 1987. In 1992 President George H. W. Bush appointed her director of the Small Business Administration's regional office in Boston. Collins became a deputy state treasurer in the office of the Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts in 1993. After moving back to Maine in 1994, she became the Republican nominee for governor of Maine in the 1994 general election.

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Campaign Funding

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$8,181,090
Total Raised
$6,474,580
Total Spent
$2,627,725
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Retired$645,199
76%
Securities & Investment$497,900
75%
Leadership PACs$490,000
62%
Lawyers/Law Firms$406,606
52%
Insurance$340,450
51%
Health Professionals$329,250
49%
Lobbyists$319,449
33%
Real Estate$214,275
20%
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$130,150
20%
Pro-Israel$128,110
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education3 - 3 of 1
Saint Lawrence University
BA Government
1975
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Republican Deputy Whip
United States Senate
1997 - Current
Senator
United States Senate
1997 - Current
Deputy State Treasurer
State of Massachusetts
1993
Founding Executive Director
Center for Family Business, Husson College
1994 - 1996
New England Regional Director
United States Small Business Administration
1992 - 1993
Commissioner
Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, State of Maine
1987 - 1992
Staff
United States Senator William S. Cohen
1975 - 1987
Staff Director
Senate Subcommittee on Oversight Government Management
1981 - 1987
Former Director
Husson College International and External Exchange Programs
Other Experience1 - 12 of 12
Member
Bangor Rotary Club
Current
Member
Phi Beta Kappa
Current
Former Member
Board of Directors, Muskie Institute for Public Policy, University of Southern Maine
Former Trustee
Bridgton Academy
Former Trustee
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Co-Chair
Senate Alzheimer's Caucus
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Current
Co-Founder
Senate Diabetes Caucus
Former Chair
Cabinet Council on Health Care Policy
Former Chair
Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Senate Special Committee on Aging