Collins is the senior senator from Maine and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 7, 1997. Collins is next up for reelection in 2020.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Collins.
Collins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Collins has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Susan Collins sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Senate Special Committee on Aging
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Collins was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1091: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
- S. 1028: RAISE Family Caregivers Act
- S. 1655: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- S. 223: Senior$afe Act of 2017
- S. 1632 (114th): A bill to require a regional strategy to address the threat posed by Boko Haram.
- S. 2825 (114th): Buy American Act of 2016
- S. 2745 (114th): Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research Act
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Collins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (31%) Taxation (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Education (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) International Affairs (6%) Transportation and Public Works (4%) Government Operations and Politics (4%)
Some of Collins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 591: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
- S. 3197: SIMPLE Plan Modernization Act
- S. 3186: Taxpayer Identity Protection Act of 2018
- S. 3160: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve ...
- S. 3023: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
- S.Res. 517: A resolution designating May 2018 as “Older Americans Month”.
- S. 2888: Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Act
|Collins’s Vote||Vote Description|
On the Nomination PN42: Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
May 11, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/14.
S. 89: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the ...
Apr 3, 2017. Bill Passed 85/12.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
On the Nomination PN64: Alissa M. Starzak, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army
Dec 14, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 45/34.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 13, 2014. Motion Agreed to 56/40.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN1225: Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
Jul 16, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 53/44.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
H.R. 2642 (110th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008
May 22, 2008. Motion Rejected 34/63.
From Jan 1997 to Aug 2018, Collins missed 0 of 6,745 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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