Collins is the senior senator from Maine and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 7, 1997. Collins’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2021.
Read our 2019 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 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 6, 2015 to Nov 18, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
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Susan Collins sits on the following committees:
- Senate Special Committee on Aging Chair
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee Chair
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Employment and Workplace Safety subcommittee Chair
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Collins was the primary sponsor of 38 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3057: Modernization of the Older Americans Act Amendments
- S. 2520: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 349: Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019
- S. 321: Retirement Security Act of 2019
- S. 240: Taxpayer Identity Protection Act of 2019
- S. 2076 (115th): BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
- S. 2554 (115th): Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act
Does 38 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).
Collins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Collins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4854: HEAT Act
- S. 4773: Continuing the Paycheck Protection Program Act
- S.Res. 734: A resolution designating the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, as ...
- S.Res. 731: A resolution supporting Lights On Afterschool, a national celebration of afterschool programs held ...
- S.Res. 723: A resolution designating September 2020 as “Campus Fire Safety Month”.
- S.Res. 705: A resolution proclaiming the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, to ...
- S. 4554: Justice for the Living Victims of Lockerbie Act
From Jan 1997 to Nov 2020, Collins missed 0 of 7,500 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.8% 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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