Olympia Snowe

Born Feb 21, 1947

Olympia Jean Snowe is an American politician and former United States Senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party. Snowe has become widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes, including whether to end filibusters. She and her former fellow senator from Maine, Susan Collins, are regarded as leading moderates within their party. In 2006, she was named one of America's Best Senators by Time Magazine.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on February 21, 1947.


1969 22 Years Old Shortly after graduation, Bouchles married her fiancé, Republican state legislator Peter T. Snowe on December 29, 1969 in New York City.
1973 26 Years Old Snowe entered politics and rose quickly, winning a seat on the Board of Voter Registration and working for Congressman (later U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense) William Cohen. Tragedy struck Snowe again in 1973, when her husband was killed in an automobile accident. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old She was re-elected to the House in 1974, and, in 1976, won election to the Maine Senate, representing Androscoggin County. … Read More


1978 31 Years Old Snowe was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, and represented Maine's 2nd Congressional District from 1979 to 1995. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old Snowe and Jock McKernan had served together in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986, when McKernan represented the 1st District.


Snowe married John R. McKernan, Jr., then Governor of Maine, in February 1989.
1991 44 Years Old Tragedy struck Snowe yet again in 1991 when her stepson Peter McKernan died from a heart ailment at the age of 20.
1994 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, when Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell declined to run for re-election, Snowe immediately declared her candidacy for the seat. … Read More


1999 52 Years Old Snowe was an important voice during the Senate's 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton. … Read More
2000 53 Years Old Snowe was easily reelected in 2000 over State Senate President Mark Lawrence, increasing her winning margin to 69%–31%.
She cruised past Democratic opponent Jean Hay Bright in 2006, winning by 74% to 20.6%.


2008 61 Years Old …  In 2008, Snowe endorsed Republican candidate John McCain for President of the United States. … Read More
2009 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 13, 2009, Snowe voted for the Finance Committee's health care reform bill. … Read More
2010 63 Years Old Snowe again voted against health care reform when she voted "no" on the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
2012 65 Years Old 1 More Event
When Snowe announced in February 2012 that she would not seek re-election, it was reported that she and Democrat Ben Nelson, who also did not seek re-election, had the closest overlap of any two members of the U.S. Senate.
2013 66 Years Old In 2013 she made a guest appearance in the season 5 premier of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation entitled "Ms. Knope Goes to Washington".
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