Augusta should be proud of Olympia Snowe.

Our retiring public servant may have been born in Augusta, but she left her mark on Maine and the nation. Her devotion to our nation spans decades.

She represented the people of Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years and another 18 in the U.S. Senate. Before that, she served in the Maine Legislature for several years.

Snowe wasn’t a passive attendee in the halls of government. She took her Spartan passion to fight for the people of Maine and she fought back divisiveness from both parties while advancing an agenda of bipartisanship and effectiveness.

Her strongest legacy, however, may be the work she performed while advocating for small businesses all around our nation and here at home.

As former chairwoman, and later ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Snowe fought for our nation’s small businesses, the places where most Americans work.

She may have left Augusta for Washington, D.C. but she never forgot who she was fighting for when she got there.

All of Augusta is proud to call Snowe our own.

Corey Vose

Augusta City GOP Chairman