Sen. Susan Collins has served as a Republican senator for the state of Maine since 1997.
According to GovTrack’s ideological map, she is the most moderate Republican in the Senate. While Senator Collins opposes higher taxes and Obamacare, she also supports more liberal issues such as same-sex marriage, campaign-finance reform, and stronger background checks for gun purchases and renewable energy.
“The main thing Susan Collins does is … her homework, so when she’s talking for example about what to do about terrorists with guns, she’s usually the best informed senator in the room and everyone listens to her,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee told the Monitor’s Francine Kiefer. “That helps her when she’s working across the aisle, and that helps her when she’s working in our caucus.”
Collins is also respected for her accountability. Since her inauguration, Collins has missed zero of the 6,223 votes held during her tenure.
According to a 2015 Morning Consult poll, the Maine senator has a 78 percent approval rating, ranking as the second most popular senator behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont.