Senator Collins swears-in for historic 5th term as United States Senator
Vice President Mike Pence swore in the Maine senator in the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon
WASHINGTON D.C. (WABI) - Senate history was made in Washington, D.C. on Sunday as the 117th Congress was sworn in.
Susan Collins swore-in for her 5th term as a United States Senator at the ceremony conducted by Vice President Mike Pence.
In doing so, she accomplished two things no other senator has before.
“One is, I will be the longest serving republican woman senator in history, and I’m proud of that, and perhaps more important, I will be the first Maine senator popularly elected to a 5th term,” said Senator Collins.
In November, Collins defeated Democratic Senate Candidate Sara Gideon by a 51-42 margin, winning in 85%of Maine’s cities and towns.
“I feel that this is an affirmation of the work that I’m doing in Washington to fight hard every day,” Collins proclaimed during her victory speech on November 4th.
“When you started as a senator back in 1996, did you envision this type of tenure and this type of success that you’ve had?” I asked Senator Collins during our interview the day before the ceremony.
“I didn’t, I thought that I would serve a couple of terms and that would be it,” she told me.
Collins had a special guest on hand to escort her into the senate chambers Sunday.
Former Maine Senator and Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen, who she worked for, for 12 years.
“At this stage in his life and my life, I can’t think of anyone I would rather have escorting me, it really means a lot to me that he was so happy to be asked to do that, and readily agreed, so that will be a special moment for both of us,” Collins said about her friend who gave her the first job she ever had in politics.
As Collins begins her 5th term of service to Maine, she wants Mainers to know how much they mean to her.
“I just want to thank the people of Maine, and express my heart felt gratitude for the confidence that they have placed in me. This is a big job, and I will work hard each and every day as I always have done to represent them as well as I can, I recognize what a great honor it is,” Collins said.
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