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Sen. Susan Collins

Senator for Maine

pronounced SOO-zun // KAH-linz


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 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.

Photo of Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Susan Collins sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Collins was the primary sponsor of 48 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 48 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Collins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (32%) Education (17%) Taxation (13%) Commerce (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%) Social Welfare (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Collins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Collins voted Nay

Motion Rejected 47/48 on Aug 2, 2022.

The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 began as H.R. 3967 which passed the House on March 3 and passed the Senate on June 16, …

Collins voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Collins voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Collins voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2022, Collins missed 0 of 8,464 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: