Olympia Snowe
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"Olympia Jean Snowe" is an Politics of the United States/American politician who was a United States Senate/United States Senator from Maine from 1995 to 2013. Snowe, a member of the Republican Party (United States)/Republican Party, became widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes, including whether to end filibuster (legislative tactic)/filibusters. In 2006, she was named one of America's Best Senators by Time (magazine)/Time Magazine. Snowe was famously known for her ability to compromise and her strong sense of bipartisanship.

On February 28, 2012, Snowe announced that she would not seek United States Senate election in Maine, 2012/reelection in November 2012, and retired when her third term ended on January 3, 2013. She cited hyper-partisanship leading to a dysfunctional Congress as the reason for her retirement from the Senate. Her seat went to popular former Governor Angus King, an independent who won the election to succeed her; King caucuses with the Democrats.

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