Hillary Clinton to host engagement party for Susan Collins featuring Senate women, Sandra Day O’Connor

Sens. Susan Collins and Hillary Clinton together in 2005.
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Sens. Susan Collins and Hillary Clinton together in 2005.
Posted June 11, 2012, at 12:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C — Hillary Clinton, the current secretary of state and former first lady and U.S. senator, will host a dinner party to celebrate the engagement of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

The secretary of state has invited all 17 female senators to her home tonight to toast Collins’ impending nuptials, according to Kevin Kelley, a spokesman for the senator.

The party also will include former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, according to Buzzfeed, which first reported the party.

Collins announced in February that she is engaged to Thomas A. Daffron, a longtime Senate senior staff member and a consultant.

The two met when they both worked for Sen. Bill Cohen in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that they developed a personal relationship.

Collins was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 after serving as founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College in Bangor. She previously served in the Cabinet of Maine Gov. John McKernan as commissioner of professional and financial regulation and as New England administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Daffron, 73, is the chief operating officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, where he oversees day-to-day operations. Before joining the consulting group, Daffron held senior management positions in government and the private sector.

Originally from New York City, Daffron has served as chief of staff to former Sens. Bill Cohen of Maine and Fred Thompson of Tennessee. He also served as chief of staff to Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and was the national campaign manager for the presidential campaign of Elizabeth Dole.

He also consulted for Collins on all three of her campaigns for U.S. Senate.

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