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Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe to Speak on Fixing the Stalemate in Congress as November 21 Miller Lecturer

October 02, 2013 – 

Both as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) gained a reputation as one of Congress’s leading moderates and an advocate for bipartisan consensus. Dispirited by the hyperpartisanship in Washington, she declined to run for a fourth term in 2012, stepping down to promote solutions as a knowledgeable outsider.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe

Hon. Olympia Snowe


On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:30 am at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Senator Snowe will offer some concrete suggestions on how to return Congress to its past ability to reach consensus. Her Paul S. Miller Distinguished Lecture is titled “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.” Senator Snowe is the 2013 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics.

The lecture is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required at law.newark.rutgers.edu/miller-2013.

Senator Snowe, a Maine native, was the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both chambers of a state legislature and both chambers of Congress. When first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, at the age of 31, she was the youngest Republican woman and the first Greek-American woman ever elected to Congress. She represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the House from 1978 to 1994 and then served three terms in the U.S. Senate.

The lecture is sponsored by Rutgers School of Law–Newark and made possible by the generosity of Rutgers–Newark Law alumnus Paul S. Miller, Class of 1962, and his wife, Carol. Miller, a retired pharmaceutical executive, is special counsel at Kaye Scholer.

The Case Professorship is offered by the Office of the President, Rutgers University and the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

What: Paul S. Miller Distinguished Lecture
Topic: “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress”
Who: Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, the 2013 Clifford P. Case Professor of Public Affairs at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics
When: 11:30 am, Thursday, November 21, 2013
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark