An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washington
in February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term and
offered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock and
polarization. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal
levels for forty years, including eighteen years in the US Senate, she
explained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore.
In this timely call to action, she explores the roots of
her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leading
moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, Senator Snowe proposes
solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably through
a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable.
Senator Snowe recounts how the tragedies and triumphs of
her personal story helped shape her political approach. Born in Augusta, Maine,
Senator Snowe was orphaned at nine and raised by an aunt and uncle. When she
was twenty-six, her husband, a Maine state representative, was killed in a car
accident. Already dedicated to public service, she ran for and won her
Fighting for Common
Ground includes anecdotes from throughout Snowe’s career and addresses her
working relationships with Presidents Reagan through Obama, Senator Ted
Kennedy, Majority Leader Bob Dole, and many others. As a senior member of the
powerful Senate Finance Committee, the high-profile Commerce and Intelligence
Committees, and the Small Business Committee, Senator Snowe has been
directly involved with the most talked-about legislative challenges of recent
decades: the country’s response to 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, the
Affordable Care Act, the debt ceiling debacle, and much more.
Drawing on the lessons she’s learned as a policymaker and the
frustration she shares with the American people about the government’s
dwindling productivity, Senator Snowe passionately argues that the government
has now lost its way, shows how this happened, and proposes ways for the world’s
greatest deliberative body to once again fulfill its mission.
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