Former United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. In the U.S. Senate, Senator Snowe served on the Senate Finance; Intelligence; and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees and as Chair of the Small Business Committee.
Prior to her election to Congress, Senator Snowe served in the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives. She was the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress, and, when first elected in 1978 at the age of 31, she was the youngest Republican woman and the first Greek-American woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Currently, she is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation; serves as a member of the Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and Synchrony Financial; and is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she is also a member of its Board of Directors and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform.
In 2014, she founded the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, a 501(C)(3) public charity established to elevate the confidence and aspirations of high school girls in Maine.
Senator Snowe also serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees, including: The Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates; the Advisory Board of the Peterson Center on Healthcare; the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics; and the National Institute for Civil Discourse’s Board of Advisors.
Senator Snowe is a graduate of the University of Maine and has numerous honorary degrees, including from Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby Colleges in Maine; the University of Pennsylvania; and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.