2014 years old
Race: U.S. House District 2
Born: Feb. 7, 1961 in Eastport
Family: Married (Karen)
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Bates College
Occupation: Owner of Raye’s Mustard in Eastport
Political experience: District director for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, 1984-94; chief of staff to Snowe, 1994-2001; ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 2002, losing to U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud; Maine state senator, 2004-12; Senate minority leader, 2008-10; Maine Senate president, 2010-12;
- Is one of eight sons of the late Harry Raye, an electrician and a veteran of World War II, and Frances Morrison Raye, a retired teacher.
- Is the first Senate president from Washington County since 1932, and would be the first member of Congress from Washington County since 1866.
- His first job was raking blueberries when he was 12 years old.
On the issues
Do you support President Obama’s health care law? No.
Do you support a balanced budget amendment? Yes.
Do you support a tax increase for the wealthy? I oppose higher taxes, which I believe are unnecessary and counterproductive to economic recovery and job growth.
Would you vote to extend the nation’s debt limit? No, not without including measures to rein in irresponsible federal spending and reverse the explosion of debt under President Obama.
Do you support legalizing gay marriage? No.
Do you support legal access to abortion? Early in pregnancy, government has no appropriate role in the decision. With respect to later-term pregnancy, I would vote to ban all post-viability abortions except those necessary to save the life of the woman and prevent severe physical harm to her health.
What should Congress be doing to create jobs and improve the economy? I believe the best way to stimulate and grow our economy is to encourage job growth through policies that help small business succeed and encourage private investment. Small business is our largest source of private employment in Maine, accounting for 97 percent of our businesses. As president of the Senate, I sponsored L.D. 1 to reduce job-stifling regulations, and helped reduce the tax burden and incentivize investment in job creation. We need to do the same thing at the federal level.
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