2014 years old
Race: U.S. Senate
Born: March 31, 1944 in Alexandria, Va.
Family: Married (Mary Herman); four sons (Angus III, Duncan, James, and Benjamin) and one daughter (Molly)
Education: Graduated from Dartmouth College; law degree from University of Virginia School of Law
Occupation: Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College, teaching a Leaders and Leadership class; founder of Northeast Management Inc., a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects at commercial and industrial facilities in Maine
Political experience: Maine Governor 1994-2002
- Hit the road in a motor home with his wife and two youngest children the day after leaving the governor’s office. The family traveled 15,000 miles and visited 34 states. King wrote the book “Governor’s Travels” about the experience.
- His high school was featured in the film “Remember the Titans.”
- Has owned six motorcycles.
On the issues
Do you support President Obama’s health care law? Yes.
Do you support a balanced budget amendment? Yes.
Would you support a tax increase for the wealthy? Yes, but depending on the state of the economy at the time.
Would you vote to extend the nation’s debt limit? Yes.
Do you support legalizing gay marriage? Yes.
Do you support legal access to abortion? Yes.
What should Congress be doing to create jobs and improve the economy? I don’t believe that the government creates jobs, but the government can be either a barrier or a partner in supporting the private sector in creating and sustaining jobs. At the federal level, we need to make sure that onerous regulatory burdens are reduced so that Maine’s small businesses can thrive. In addition, we need to ensure that our free trade agreements are also fair trade agreements. While I do not believe that every trade partner should be subject to our specific regulations, I do believe that they should have basic protections for their workers and reasonable environmental safeguards. There is one function the federal government should provide, which is support for the development of essential infrastructure. In the 1900s it was support for roads and airports; in the 21st century it includes broadband internet access. Of course, Congress can’t create favorable conditions for job growth if the institution itself doesn’t work.
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