Five living U.S. Senators from Maine meet in Bangor

"A bunch of old time all-stars": Maine's U.S. Senators Gather

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's a combined 73 years in the U.S. Senate. Friday night in Bangor, Maine's five living U.S. Senators appeared together at the State Chamber of Commerce Dinner.

Current Senators Angus King and Susan Collins joined former Senators William Cohen, George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe.

People in Washington, D.C. will say Mainers have done a pretty good job at choosing who will represent them in the U.S. Senate.

That sentiment stretches back nearly 70 years, to when Margaret Chase Smith began her senate service in 1949, seen by some as the start of the modern political era in Maine.

Then came Ed Muskie in 1959 and Bill Hathaway in 1973.

It is a rather exclusive club, and the newest member says it's a lot to live up to.

"It's very daunting I'll tell you," says Sen. Angus King. "In my office in Washington I have Edmund Muskie's desk, and it's kind of a reminder every day of the giant shoulders, and it really is quite an experience, and to be here with George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe, Bill Cohen, it's pretty amazing."

About 500 people attended Friday's dinner.

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