November 06

Snowe On Women In the Senate

The Republican party was shocked when Olympia Snowe, longtime senator from Maine and very influential in the chamber, declared that she would not run for reelection. In her book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress, Snowe is very clear about one thing: she is not giving up.


Snowe explained that the bipartisan showdown that so often happens within the Capitol’s halls were too much for her to deal with, and she decided she could be more influential outside the legislative process. She left as Republicans are grappling for a majority, and as a serious voice of reason that is noticeably absent amidst the government shutdown, as well as immigration talks. Although Snowe has appeared in various news ventures as well as to promote her book, the public is still waiting for her to gain influence in an arena that doesn’t include an all access pass to anywhere in Washington.

Snowe was known for her willing to compromise while she was Senator, and as the unwillingness of other senators caused her departure, it is no surprise that she spoke today at the Bipartisan Policy Center alongside Blanche Lincoln, former Secretary Ann M. Veneman, and former White House Budget Director Dr. Alice Rivlin on women leadership in the senate as part of her effort to help solve the bipartisan glitches in Congress. The panel today spoke on political reform, which Senator Snowe is part of at the Bipartisan Policy Committee. The center very much wants people to contribute on how they think Congress needs to change in order to fix the glitches in the government, and are holding meetings across the country. With twenty female senators, Snowe has said its always been a challenge to have women as a minority, and the panel today addressed women in the senate, and most importantly Senator Collin’s initiative that ended the government shutdown. To watch the panel, please click here.