U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), known for her bipartisan efforts in Congress, was on campus Oct. 25, 2016, to answer questions on a variety of issues, including the state of the Republican Party, political polarization, climate change, the Middle East and more.

Susan Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996. She ranks 19th in Senate seniority, and is the most senior Republican woman. Sen. Collins, who has earned a national reputation for working across party lines, chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Intelligence Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

For the past three consecutive years, Sen. Collins was ranked the most bipartisan member of the US Senate by the Luger Center and Georgetown University. She also recently received the inaugural Jacob Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership. A native of Caribou, Maine, Collins is known for her Maine work ethic and has never missed a roll call vote, casting more than 6,200 consecutive votes, and counting.

In a discussion moderated by President Clayton Rose in Pickard Theater, Collins answered questions from the audience on current issues.