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.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2017 to Apr 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Susan Collins sits on the following committees:
Collins was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3703 (116th): Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act
- S. 4460 (116th): State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act
- S. 959 (116th): Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Act
- S. 995 (116th): Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019
- S. 3057 (116th): Modernization of the Older Americans Act Amendments
- S. 2520 (116th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 349 (116th): Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019
Does 42 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. 883: A bill to modify the Federal TRIO programs.
- S. 886: A bill to establish a National Child Abuse Hotline.
- S. 885: A bill to establish a rural postsecondary and economic development grant program.
- S. 876: A bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to ...
- S. 804: SALT Deduction Fairness Act
- S. 723: PPP Extension Act of 2021
- S. 634: Girls LEAD Act
From Jan 1997 to Apr 2021, Collins missed 0 of 7,700 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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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