The three-term senator, who cited extreme partisanship when announcing she wouldn’t seek reelection last year, said, "We are a representative democracy, and we get the government we demand, and if we value and insist on bipartisanship, we will get it."
When asked by The Hill which lawmakers she would consider examples of politicians who embody a commitment to bipartisanship, she named Maine Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP rep faces testy crowd at constituent meeting over ObamaCare DeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus KingIn Energy hearing, Rick Perry capitulated to Big Gov on all fronts Overnight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Overnight Energy: Perry makes his case to lead Energy Dept. | Dems alarmed by spending cut plans MORE (I), as well as Mark WarnerMark WarnerGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Decaying DC bridge puts spotlight on Trump plan Overnight Cybersecurity: Dems split on Manning decision | Assange looking to make deal MORE (D-Va.), and Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiWhat we learned from Rick Perry's confirmation hearing Perry regrets saying he would abolish Energy Department Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders MORE (R-Alaska).
A bevy of former Capitol regulars were eyed at the book party, including former Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), and former Reps. Connie Morella (R-Md.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.).
"We have a lot of former members and some current members who believe that compromise is not a bad word — it is in fact how things get done," Morella told The Hill. Morella is now the President of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Snowe sits on the board of the association.
Former Mississippi Gov. and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Haley Barbour was also spotted at the event. Barbour co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center's Immigration Task Force.
"The eight years I was governor of Mississippi, we had a Democratic majority in the House every day, a Democratic majority in the Senate seven years out of eight — to pass anything I had to get Democratic votes," said Barbour.
"I'm very accustomed to working in a bipartisan way — that's what I had to do to get things done in Mississippi, and at the end of the day, what you're paid for is getting things done."