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What's Gone Wrong in Washington, and Why it Doesn't Have to be This Way

Oct 15, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Open to the Public
Olympia J. Snowe, former United States Senator (R-ME); Chairman & CEO, Olympia Snowe, LLC; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C.


Olympia J. Snowe, former U.S. Senator from Maine (R-ME), will present a public talk titled, “What's Gone Wrong in Washington, and Why it Doesn't Have to be This Way,” at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Snowe will be visiting the Wilson School as part of its Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation's "Leadership through Mentorship" program.                             This is a ticketed event.*

Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. When she made the difficult decision in 2012 not to seek a fourth term in the Senate, she had arrived at a stark reality: that the excessive political polarization in Congress would not diminish in the short term.  As a result, Snowe joined the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, where she is able to harness her insider’s knowledge to promote change from outside the institution.  She co-chairs the BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. 

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Snowe became the second woman senator in Maine’s history to represent the state. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the Senate with 74 percent of the vote. Prior to her election to the Senate, she represented Maine’s second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years.

In 2005, Snowe was named the "54th Most Powerful Woman in the World" by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. Snowe earned a reputation for building bipartisan consensus on key issues that matter to Maine and America and as one of the Congress’ leading moderates. In 1999, she was cited by Congressional Quarterly for her centrist leadership and was co-chair of a bipartisan, consensus building group in the Senate called the Common Ground Coalition – a forum for communication and cooperation between Senate Democrats and Republicans.

During her time in the Senate, Senator Snowe worked extensively on issues such as budget and fiscal responsibility; education, including student financial aid and education technology; national security; women’s issues; health care, including prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients; welfare reform; oceans and fisheries issues; and campaign finance reform.

Tickets are sold out for this event. For those who were unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Wednesday, October 15, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will also be simulcast in Bowl 016.