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Friday, January 4, 2013

Women Senators Hutchison and Snowe leave parting words

Senate Women 
Bipartisan Power Workshop 
November 15, 2012
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison 
(R-Texas): front right
Sen. Olympia Snowe
(R-Maine)rear four from right

Impenetrable internal divisiveness undermines provisions of Constitution, business of American people
Excerpting, editing, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

Atmosphere of polarization, ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies have become pervasive in campaigns, in governing institutions Outgoing Senator Snowe

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)

 “As I exit the Senate, I am aware that we are divided as a legislative body and as a country. I do not think we have different goals--not here, and not in America--but we do have different ways of reaching them.  

Congress suffers a great deal of criticism for partisan acrimony. But while we may disagree politically and air our opposition in this Chamber, it is the conversation behind the scenes that cements and defines our relationships. I will leave the Senate knowing I have worked with men and women of great patriotism, intellect, and heart on both sides of the aisle.

“… We seconded one another at times and engaged in rigorous debate in others but the American people should know that, either way, we are collegial and we all understand that our States have different needs and there will be differences in priorities.

“But in the Senate, an adversary today will be an ally tomorrow. It is a rare occasion for acrimony to turn personal.

 It [is] my parting hope that this collegiality will not be lost.

“When our committees function, we pass bills in vigorous markups, we put the bills in shape for floor debate. If they do not go through committees and are not allowed floor amendments, the quality of the legislation suffers and mistakes are often made. What differentiates the U.S. Senate from the House is open debate and open amendments.”
As is the intent of the Constitution of the United States, “protecting the rights of the minority assures that every Senator’s voice is heard and every State represented in the Senate is heard.” 

ay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) served in the U.S. Senate from 1993 until this year (January 3, 2013).  She held positions of temporary co chair of the Republican National Convention in 1992; Republican Conference vice chair (2000-2007); Republican Policy Committee chair (2007-2009); deputy permanent chair of the Republican National Convention in 2004. She was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2012.

Before elections to the Senate, Kathryn Ann Bailey (Kay) Hutchison was Texas state treasurer (1990-1993), vice chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (1976-1978); bank executive and general counsel; businesswoman; a television reporter; a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1972-1976).

She took her academic credentials at the University of Texas (Austin) and University of Texas Law School (1967). Kay Bailey Hutchison was born in Galveston, Texas (July 22, 1943).

Bibliography: Women in Congress, 1917-2006:  “Kathryn Ann (Kay) Bailey Hutchison” prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History and Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006. HUTCHISON, Kathryn Ann Bailey (Kay, 1943 - )

Senator Olympia Jean Snowe (R-Maine)

Quoted in Maine news sources, Senator Snowe said, “There is no reason that we should be in the economic doldrums we are in today but we have wasted precious time over the last few years by engaging in this political combativeness for the purpose of gaining political leverage in the next election.

“An atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies have become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions and, realistically, “I do not expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” said outgoing Senator Olympia Snowe.

“We should individually and collectively be embarrassed by what is occurring here.

“Political heavyweights are more interested in taking jabs at each other through press releases and floor speeches than they are in coming together and doing even the most basic legislative work [and] my concern is that this is going to create generation upon generation of lawmakers who think this is the only way to conduct themselves. But there is another way and there are some of us who still remember it.

“I don’t want to be part of the problem,” Senator Snowe said. “I want to be part of the solution and I just didn’t see it changing from the inside.”

“It is time for change in the way we govern and I believe that outside the United States Senate there are unique opportunities to build support for that change.

“I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe as I do that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.”

lympia Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 until this year (January 2013).

Before elections to the U.S. Senate (1994-2012, she was not a candidate for reelection to the House in 1994 or to the Senate in 2012), she served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 3, 1979 until January 3, 1995. In the 108th and 109th Congresses, she was chair of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

In her years preceding the U.S House and Senate, Olympia Jean Snowe was a member of the Maine House of Representatives (1973-1976) and the Maine State Senate (1976-1978); delegate to the Maine State Republican convention and Republican National Convention (1976); member of the Auburn board of voter registration (1971-1973); and was a businesswoman.

She took her academic credentials at the University of Maine (Orono, 1969). Olympia Snowe was born Olympia Jean Boucles in Augusta (Kennebec County), Maine (February 21, 1947).

Bibliography: Women in Congress, 1917-2006: ” Olympia Snowe” prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History and Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006. SNOWE, Olympia Jean (1947 - )

Sources and notes


Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), FAREWELL TO THE SENATE -- (Senate - December 19, 2012), Congressional Record, 112th Congress (2011-2012),


Kay Bailey Hutchison urges common ground in Senate farewell speech


“Olympia Snowe Says Good-Bye to US Senate” (WABI-TV5 News Desk) January 4, 2013, http://www.wabi.tv/news/36521/olympia-snowe-says-good-bye-to-us-senate

“Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe Says Goodbye” 12/13/2012   Reported By: Jay Field


 “Sen. Olympia Snowe’s full statement ─ U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe issued this statement this afternoon saying that she will not seek re-election,” February 29, 2012, Portland Press Herald


Image: Mikulski, Senate Women Gather for Traditional, Bipartisan Power Workshop November 15, 2012: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Dean of the Senate women, today hosted her traditional, bipartisan Senate Women Power Workshop for the newly elected women Senators. The Workshop is an opportunity for Senator Mikulski and the Senate women to discuss everything from how to set up their offices to getting on the power committees that make them effective advocates for their states, using the Senate rules to achieve their objectives and building coalitions to get things done in the Senate. 

In addition to Senator Mikulski, participants included Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Senator Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senator-Elect Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Senator-Elect Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator-Elect Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/media/pressrelease/11-15-2012-2.cfm

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: front right
Sen. Olympia Snowe: rear four from right


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