Senators Ayotte and Collins Among Congress’ Most Influential

Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH) and Susan Collins (ME) were honored in the publication of CQ Roll Call’s Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress this month.

The book, written by Emily Etheridge, gives readers a brief history of women in Congress and provides an inside look at who has heft in Congress, why they do and how they wield their power, with in-depth profiles of the 25 women on the list.

Senator Ayotte is considered one of the five “Policy Dealmakers” as a major force of legislative brokering. As an ally of Citizens for Responsibly Energy Solutions, she believes that “America’s existing energy policy is severely flawed and must be replaced with a forward-looking plan that reduces dependence on foreign energy sources.” Ayotte has fought for enhanced energy efficiency legislation and has been a leading voice on the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would further conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitats in New Hampshire and across America.

As a “Debate Shaper and Swing Voter”, Senator Collins is recognized as one of the top five women who shape the debate in Congress. In her tenure she has worked hard on environmental and conservation issues, and strongly supports efforts to improve energy efficiency. She serves as the Honorary Vice-Chair of the Board of the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and energy security. Her tenacious support of bi-partisan, common sense energy solutions also earned her the title of “Most Bipartisan Senator” according to The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University’s new “Bipartisan Index” to quantify a member’s bipartisan behavior.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions would like to congratulate both Senators Ayotte and Collins. We are proud to consider both allies in the fight to find clean energy and climate solutions for the country, and look forward to working with these two powerful legislators in the future.

For more information about Senator Ayotte’s environmental leadership visit ( For more information regarding the work that Senator Collins is leading for responsible energy visit (

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