Senator Olympia J. Snowe
2012-2013 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics
Olympia Snowe's dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she 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.
With her election in 1994, Former Senator Olympia J. Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote.
Before her election to the Senate, Olympia Snowe represented Maine's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.
When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress.