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 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 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 16, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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
Primary Health and Retirement Security subcommittees
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Collins was the primary sponsor of 37 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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: Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act
- S. 1091 (115th): Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
Does 37 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. 3155: Success for Rural Students and Communities Act of 2020
- S. 3150: Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act of 2020
- S. 3116: Ending the Diagnostic Odyssey Act of 2019
- S. 3057: Modernization of the Older Americans Act Amendments
- S. 3048: Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2019
- S.Res. 451: A resolution congratulating astronauts Dr. Jessica U. Meir and Christina H. Koch for ...
- S.Res. 440: A resolution designating December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
From Jan 1997 to Jan 2020, Collins missed 0 of 7,276 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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