Thursday October 11, 2012 | 02:55 PM

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe has been named to the advisory board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization formed in the aftermath of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona.

Snowe's addition to the institute's board -- an unpaid, advisory position -- come as she winds down her final term in the Senate. A moderate Republican known for her willingness to work across the political aisle, Snowe has said she believes she can do more to change the partisan nature of politics in Washington, DC, from outside of Congress than from inside.

Snowe has also created her own political action committee that will support candidates committed to bipartisanship as well as a leadership organization for young women.

Located at the University of Arizona, the National Institute for Civil Discourse lists as its objective channeling "public demand for civil discourse in political campaigns and public policy deliberation." Other members of the institute's advisory board include Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and ABC News special correspondent Katie Couric.

 

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