Susan Collins

Susan Collins

Susan Collins, Senator from Maine

"I grew up in a large family of six children, and I have a fair amount of patience and I am very persistent. I don't give up easily when I'm pursuing a goal. I enjoy legislating. I like sitting down with people who have a different view and see if we can find a middle ground. And sometimes you can't. But oftentimes, if you keep working at it, you can get to a solution where neither side is particularly happy, but each side recognizes that it is a way forward and a way to reach the goal.... I reject the notion that somehow compromise is a dirty word or a betrayal of one's principles."

"If there were as many female Republican senators as there are female Democratic senator, she noted that, “Women would be a third of Congress. I’d argue there would be a better balance and more people in the center, which is of great importance to me. Women span the ideological spectrum. We don’t think alike, but we do bring a different life experience and perspective. We tend to be more collaborative and problem solving. There has been a real effort in this cycle to recruit women to run on the Republican ticket. I’m optimistic we can increase our numbers.”

The Atlantic and Elle via BDN, Photograph via Colby.edu

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Toni Harp

Toni Harp