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 2018 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 Nov 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 349: Reviving America’s Scenic Byways 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
- S. 1028 (115th): RAISE Family Caregivers Act
- S. 1655: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
Does 35 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.Res. 440: A resolution designating December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
- S. 2901: A bill to establish within the Office of the Secretary of Health and ...
- S. 2766: Girls’ Leadership, Engagement, Agency, and Development Act of 2019
- S. 2762: SALT Deduction Fairness Act
- S. 2723: Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages Act
- S.Res. 383: A resolution supporting Lights on Afterschool, a national celebration of afterschool programs held ...
- S.Res. 348: A resolution proclaiming the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as ...
From Jan 1997 to Nov 2019, Collins missed 0 of 7,200 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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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