58 years old
Race: U.S. House District 1
Born: April 2, 1955; Minneapolis, Minn.
Family: Married (S. Donald Sussman*), two daughters (Hannah, 35, and Cecily, 32), one son (Asa, 31), and two grandchildren.
Home: North Haven
Education: Graduated from College of the Atlantic.
Occupation: Operates Nebo Lodge, a small inn and restaurant on North Haven; president and CEO of Common Cause from 2003-07.
Political experience: Member of the Maine Senate 1992-2000; majority leader from 1996-2000; ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for U.S. Senate, losing to Sen. Susan Collins; elected in 2008 as U.S. Congresswoman for Maine’s 1st District
* S. Donald Sussman is the majority share owner of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.
Fun facts- Founded North Island Yarn in 1981, selling knitting kits and pattern books through retail stores and mail-order catalogs.
- Loves to kayak around North Haven and throughout Penobscot Bay.
- When she moved to Maine in 1971, she lived in a cabin with no electricity or running water.
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The proposal includes credits for schools and a program to test using food stamps via smartphone.
The measure would control the drug at the federal level similar to the way alcohol is regulated.
The congresswoman will co-lead a Democratic effort to get women to seek House seats in 2014.
It would ensure full benefits for those medically separated from the 'armed forces.'
Buoyed by strong support in Portland and farther up the coast toward her hometown of North Haven, Pingree solidified the 1st Districts reputation as reliably Democratic.
- Most people know me, so they'll either say 'Yeah, I'm in favor of keeping her' or 'No, it's time to go'.— Chellie PingreeRead the article >>