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Olympia Snowe Saying So Long to US Senate

Dec. 13, 2012

Robert Long

Olympia Snowe

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will deliver a farewell address from the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon.

The speech will begin at approximately 1 p.m. and be broadcast on C-Span2, according to a release from her office.

Snowe first won election to the Senate in 1994, defeating 1st District U.S. Rep. Tom Andrews, a Democrat, for the right to succeed Democrat Sen. George J. Mitchell, who chose not to seek re-election. Snowe easily won re-election in 2000 and 2006. She became Maine's senior senator in 1997 and, with fellow Republican Susan Collins, extended Maine's reputation for moderation and independence in an increasing partisan climate.

Snowe represented Maine's 2nd Congressional District from 1978 until she moved up to the Senate in 1994. She also served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1973 until 1978.

In February of this year, she created tremors across Maine's political landscape by announcing that she would not to seek a fourth term. She cited a toxic, unproductive environment in Congress as the chief reason for her decision not to seek re-election.

In September, Snowe announced that she intends to write a book next year. She also plans to work for greater civility in politics.

Independent former Gov. Angus King won a five-person race in November to succeed Snowe. He will be sworn in Jan. 3, 2013.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2012 the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

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