The Washington Post

Senate stops voting to attend Susan Collins engagement party

The Senate always moves pretty slowly, but things ground to a complete halt Tuesday night so that senators can attend a wedding engagement party for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and her fiancee, Thomas Daffron, photographed in Aroostook County, Maine. (AP)

Noting that “members of the Senate family” wished to attend the party, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he had consulted with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the pair agreed senators would resume consideration of the bill Wednesday.

“I feel very good that we’re going to pass our bill,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), lead sponsor of the highway measure, said as the day’s proceedings ended.

Collins, 59, announced her engagement in January to management consultant Thomas A. Daffron, 73. Her office confirmed that she is holding an engagement party Tuesday evening, but declined to offer further details.

As The Post’s Reliable Source reported at the time, the pair became friends in the late 1970s as staffers for then-Sen. Bill Cohen, but only started dating a few years ago. He’s the chief operating officer of D.C.-based Jefferson Consulting Group who also advised her during her three Senate races. She told the Bangor Daily News they share a love of swimming, kayaking and reading. First wedding for the Maine Republican. They’re planning a small summer ceremony in her home state.

Follow Ed O’Keefe on Twitter: @edatpost

More from PostPolitics:

Senate set for fight on federal judges

How did your lawmaker vote? Check out The Congress Votes Database

Top GOP candidates lack connections to the South

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
From clubfoot to climbing: Double amputee lives life of adventure
Learn to make traditional soup dumplings
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Play Videos
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
The rise and fall of baseball cards
How to keep your child safe in the water
Play Videos
'Did you fall from heaven?': D.C.'s pick-up lines
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
How to get organized for back to school
How to buy a car via e-mail
The signature drink of New Orleans