The only woman who will chair a major committee in the United States
Senate is a St. Lawrence graduate.
Susan Collins '75 (R-Maine)
won re-election to her second Senate term on November 5, easily overcoming
her Democratic opponent. In 1996, when she won her first term, she had
never held an elected office. Now, she will chair the Governmental Affairs
Committee of the Senate, and is the only female chair of a major committee.
She succeeds Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) in the post.
The panel deals with the organization and operations of government.
Collins is the first woman to hold such a position since Nancy Landon
Kassebaum (R-Kan.) headed the committee in charge of health and other
social programs, from 1995 to 1996.
The Washington Post described Collins, as "a political moderate,
more liberal on social than fiscal issues, and a reliable recruit for
bipartisan efforts to bridge differences between the parties. She was
ranking Republican on the committee's permanent subcommittee on investigations."
A government major, Collins
was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership
honorary as a student at St. Lawrence, and was also a member of
Phi Beta Kappa, academic honorary, and the English
and government department honoraries. She has received an Alumni
Citation and an honorary degree from the University.
Posted: November 8, 2004