In her biography, Susan Collins mentions four characteristics of her politics:
Bipartisan approach. For the past five years, Collins has ranked as the most bipartisan
member of the U.S. Senate
Spearheaded repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell
Has a long-standing interest in health care
Champion of small business
Born in Caribou, Maine, Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. After graduating
from Caribou High School, she continued her education at St. Lawrence University in
Canton, New York. She was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor
society and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government in 1975.
Collins was described as one of "the last survivors of a once common species of moderate
Northeastern Republican" during the Obama administration. She is considered a centrist
member of the Republican Party and an influential player in the U.S. Senate. She is the
chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and is former chair of the Committee on
Homeland Security. She is known for never having missed a Senate vote.
On the issues, Susan Collins is pro-choice on abortion rights, willing to accept higher taxes
on the rich to balance the budget, supports some restrictions on guns and the right to
same-sex marriage. She has warned that failure to take action on climate change will
come at a high cost to U.S. taxpayers.
Susan is married to Thomas A. Daffron and resides in Bangor, Maine.