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Sen. Angus King (I)

Maine

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king.senate.gov

Biography

Elected: 2012, term expires 2018, 1st term.

Born: March 31, 1944, Alexandria, VA

Home: Brunswick

Education: Dartmouth Col., B.A., 1966; U. of VA, J.D., 1969

Professional Career: Partner, Independence Wind, 2007-12; founder, president, Northeast Energy Management, 1989-94; vice president, general counsel, Swift River/Hafslund, 1983-89; host, Maine Public Television’s MaineWatch, 1975-93; practicing attorney, 1975-83, 2003-present; chief counsel, Sen. William Hathaway, D-Maine, 1972-75

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Episcopalian

Family: Married (Mary Herman) , 5 children

Political independent Angus King rocked the national political boat in 2012 by running for the U.S. Senate as an independent and refusing to say which major party he would support if he won. King indeed won the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, and then announced he would caucus with the Democrats, as many observers had expected he would. He is the state’s junior senator.

King grew up in Alexandria, Va., the son of a lawyer, and attended Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia’s law school. He moved to Maine to work for a legal assistance organization and then became an aide to Democratic Sen. William Hathaway of Maine. He practiced law and started an energy conservation business, which he sold for $20 million in 1994. For 18 years, he hosted Maine Public Television’s MaineWatch, making him a well-known figure in the state.

Originally a Democrat, King came to believe that “sometimes the best thing the government can do is get out of the way.” He entered the 1994 governor’s race as an independent, attacking high taxes and clumsy government meddling in business and calling for specific spending cuts. He spent $750,000 of his own money on the race. He overshadowed the Republican nominee—his now Senate colleague Susan Collins—and contrasted sharply with Democrat Joseph Brennan, who was elected governor in 1978 and 1982 and had lost narrowly in 1990. King won with 35% of the vote to Brennan’s 34% and Collins’ 23%. Green Party candidate Jonathan Carter’s got 6%.

As governor, King cut the state budget and workforce, reduced the cost of workmen’s compensation, and shortened environmental permit delays from nine months to 45 days, helping to attract employers like National Semiconductor. He accepted a Republican-sponsored income-tax cut in return for a property-tax exemption for business machinery and equipment. On the environment, King staked out positions between extremes, with varying success. He opposed the ban on timber clear-cutting, but his attempts in 1997 and 1998 to bring experts together on compromise measures were rejected by a coalition of Greens and property rights advocates. After signing a bill in 1997 imposing tight controls on paper mills’ dioxin discharges into rivers, he celebrated by jumping fully clothed into the Kennebec River.

In 1998, with a soaring job approval rating, King won a second term with 59% of the vote. He then signed a law to have the state leverage its buying clout to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs for people without Medicaid or private health insurance, and to impose price caps if companies did not comply by 2003. The law was overturned by a federal judge in 2000, but the state won an appeal the following year. King pressed for a $50 million endowment to buy laptop computers for every Maine seventh-grader. Legislators hated the idea, but he got a $30 million endowment for school technology.

In 2004, King became a lecturer at Bowdoin College and taught a course called “Leaders and Leadership.” He later taught a similar course at Bates College. He also worked for a law firm and a mergers-and-acquisitions advisory firm in Portland. He formed a wind energy company in 2007, which he divested himself of in 2012 to run for the Senate.

His Senate campaign headquarters prominently featured two photographs side by side: one of former Republican President Ronald Reagan, and the other of former Democratic Attorney General Robert Kennedy. “My desire is to be as independent as I can be, as long as I can be, subject to being effective,” King told The Washington Post. “I’m not going just for symbolism. I want to do something.” However, the widespread speculation was that he was aligned with Democrats, having said he would support President Barack Obama for reelection, and national Democrats did little to support their nominee in the Senate contest, state Sen. Cynthia Dill.

To help the Republican nominee, Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, the conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS ran ads blasting King’s support of tax hikes as governor. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also broadcast an ad accusing King of using political connections to win a “sketchy” federal loan guarantee to build an industrial wind farm. But such attacks gained little traction against such a known political commodity in Maine.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 224-5344

(202) 224-1946

HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building Room 133
Washington, DC 20510-1905

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 224-5344

(202) 224-1946

HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building Room 133
Washington, DC 20510-1905

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 622-8292

(207) 622-7295

4 Gabriel Drive Suite F1
Augusta, ME 04330

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 622-8292

(207) 621-0286

4 Gabriel Drive Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04330

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 883-1588

(207) 764-6420

383 US Route 1 Suite 1C
Scarborough, ME 04074

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 883-1588

(207) 874-7631

383 US Route 1 Suite 1C
Scarborough, ME 04074

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 764-5124

(207) 764-6420

169 Academy Street Suite A
Presque Isle, ME 04769

DISTRICT OFFICE

(207) 764-5124

(207) 764-6420

169 Academy Street Suite A
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Staff

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Abortion

Patrick O'Neil
Legislative Aide

Olin Hartkopf
Legislative Correspondent

Agriculture

Marge Kilkelly
Senior Policy Advisor

Olin Hartkopf
Legislative Correspondent

Appropriations

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Arts

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Banking

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Budget

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Campaign

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Commerce

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Disaster

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Peter Benoit
Director or Correspondence

Education

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Katie Fellows
Constituent Services Representative

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Energy

Morgan Cashwell
Legislative Assistant

James Springer
Legislative Aide

Environment

Morgan Cashwell
Legislative Assistant

James Springer
Legislative Aide

Family

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Finance

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Stephen Smith
Military Legislative Assistant

Margaret Williams
Legislative Aide

Govt Ops

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Olin Hartkopf
Legislative Correspondent

Grants

Adam Lachman
Special Projects Assistant; Grants Assistant

Andrew Fitch
Staff Assistant; Tour Coordinator

Gun Issues

Marge Kilkelly
Senior Policy Advisor

Olin Hartkopf
Legislative Correspondent

Health

Marge Kilkelly
Senior Policy Advisor

Patrick O'Neil
Legislative Aide

Homeland Security

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Margaret Williams
Legislative Aide

Peter Benoit
Director or Correspondence

Housing

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Human Rights

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Peter Benoit
Director or Correspondence

Immigration

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Peter Benoit
Director or Correspondence

Cara Pavlak
Constituent Services Representative

Insurance

Morgan Cashwell
Legislative Assistant

James Springer
Legislative Aide

Intelligence

Margaret Williams
Legislative Aide

Internet

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Judiciary

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Labor

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Land Use

Peter Benoit
Director or Correspondence

Christopher Rector
Regional Representative

Medicare

Marge Kilkelly
Senior Policy Advisor

Patrick O'Neil
Legislative Aide

Military

Stephen Smith
Military Legislative Assistant

Margaret Williams
Legislative Aide

Minorities

Cara Pavlak
Constituent Services Representative

Native Americans

Adam Lachman
Special Projects Assistant; Grants Assistant

Recreation

James Springer
Legislative Aide

Rules

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Science

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Seniors

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Tax

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Technology

Adam Lachman
Special Projects Assistant; Grants Assistant

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Telecommunications

Adam Lachman
Special Projects Assistant; Grants Assistant

Will Woodworth
Legislative Aide

Trade

Lauren Pfingstag
Legislative Assistant

Joanne Stiles
Legislative Correspondent

Transportation

Sanjay Kane
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Stephen Smith
Military Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Aisha Woodward
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Angus King
Votes: 370,580
Percent: 52.89%
Charles Summers
Votes: 215,399
Percent: 30.74%
Cynthia Ann Dill
Votes: 92,900
Percent: 13.26%
2012 PRIMARY
Angus King
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
Governor: 1998 (59%), 1994 (35%)

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