December 12, 2013 – 7 PM – Eberhard Center, GVSU
301 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, Mi.
Fighting for Common Ground: How to Fix the Stalemate in Congress
In this timely call to action, Senator Olympia Snowe explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leading moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, she will propose 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.This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library, and Museum.
Olympia J. Snowe, born Olympia Jean Bouchles, hails from Augusta, Maine. She attended St. Basil’s Academy and graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn. In 1969, she earned her degree in Political Science from the University of Maine.
Olympia represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Following her 1994 election, Olympia became the 2nd woman Senator to represent Maine. She was re-elected twice and in her third term won with 75% of the vote.
She is the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress of her state and the first woman in history to serve both houses of state legislature and both houses of the United States Congress. When she was first elected into Congress, she was the first Greek-American woman, and youngest Republican woman, ever to be elected.