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Senate committee approves Ridge nomination

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate committee voted Friday to send the nomination of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Ridge to the full chamber where it will be determined if he will lead the nation's new Cabinet-level agency aimed at protecting the country from terrorist attacks
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

Child Abuse: Dilemma of missing children-3

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- This is the third part of a three-part series examining the abuse of children in the United States and is being repeated as a tie-in with the story of child abu
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

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Homeland bill clears final Senate hurdles

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The Senate cleared the way for the approval of Homeland Security Department Tuesday as Republicans defeated a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to remove seven pr
SHARON OTTERMAN

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 7, 2002

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Analysis: Senate by region- Part I

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Out of the 34 U.S. Senate seats being contested in the fall election, 14 are in the northeastern and midwestern United States. These two regions were for many y
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

UPI's Capital Comment for Aug. 30, 2002

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Ridge testifies on homeland security plan

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Homeland Security director Tom Ridge told a Senate panel Thursday the consolidation of scores of government functions under a homeland security Cabinet position
P. MITCHELL PROTHERO

Commentary: Ad-vice on issues

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's plan to explore for oil inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is, if anything, controversial. For some, ANWR is a frozen paradise, to be forever preserved in its pristine entirety. For others, it is an iced-over desert of li
PETER ROFF, UPI Senior political writer and columnist

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Susan Collins
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks to the press after leaving the Senate floor during the vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2009. Sen. Collins is one of three key Senate Republicans supporting economic stimulus bill, ensuring it's passage in Congress. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
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Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party. First elected to the Senate in 1996, she is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Collins and her fellow Senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe, are regarded as leading moderates within the Republican Party.

One of six children, Susan Collins was born in Caribou, Maine, where her family have operated a lumber business since 1844. Her parents, Donald and Patricia, each served as mayor of Caribou; her father also served in both houses of the Maine Legislature. Her uncle, Samuel W. Collins, Jr., sat on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1994. She attended Caribou High School, where she was president of the student council. During her senior year of high school in 1971, Collins was chosen to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, through which she visited Washington, D.C. for the first time and engaged in a two-hour conversation with U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME). Collins is the first program delegate elected to the Senate and currently holds the seat once held by Smith.

After graduating from Caribou High School, she continued her education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Like her father before her, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society. She graduated from St. Lawrence magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government in 1975.

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