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Chellie Pingree Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's 1st district Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 2009 Preceded by Tom Allen Maine Senate Majority Leader In office 1996–2000 Member of the Maine Senate from the 12th district In office 1992–2000 Succeeded by Christine Savage[1] Personal details Born April 2, 1955 (1955-04-02) (age 56) Minneapolis, Minnesota Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Charlie Pingree S. Donald Sussman (2011-present) Children Hannah Pingree Cecily Pingree Asa Pingree Residence North Haven, Maine Alma mater College of the Atlantic Profession politician Religion Lutheran - ELCA Website chelliepingree.com Rochelle M. "Chellie" Pingree (born April 2, 1955) is an American politician. She is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maine's 1st congressional district since 2009. The district includes most of the southern part of the state, including Portland and Augusta. Pingree was a member of the Maine Senate from 1992 to 2000, serving as majority leader from 1996 to 2000. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 2002, losing to Republican Susan Collins. From 2003 to 2006, she was President and CEO of Common Cause. She is the first Democratic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine. Contents 1 Early life, education, and career 2 Common Cause 3 Maine Senate 3.1 Elections 3.2 Tenure 4 2002 run for U.S. Senate 5 U.S. House of Representatives 5.1 Elections 5.2 Tenure 5.3 Committee assignments 6 Electoral results 7 Personal life 8 References 9 External links 10 Further reading Early life, education, and career Pingree was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has lived in Maine since she was a teenager. She attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated from the College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology. Since graduating from College of the Atlantic, she has lived in North Haven, a small island community 12 miles off Rockland. Pingree held various farming and care-taking jobs until 1981, when she started North Island Yarn, a cottage industry of hand knitters with a retail store on North Haven. Her business expanded and became North Island Designs, employing as many as ten workers. They began marketing knitting kits and pattern books nationwide through 1,200 retail stores and 100,000 mail order catalogues. Through North Island Designs, Pingree authored and produced five knitting books between 1986 and 1992. Common Cause As Common Cause's leader, Pingree strengthened the organization's programs in media reform and elections, while maintaining programs in ethics and money in politics. Among the specific issues she championed at Common Cause are Net Neutrality; Mandatory Voter-Verified Paper Ballots; Public Financing of Congressional Elections; National Popular Vote (a work-around of the Electoral College), and an Independent Ethics Commission for Congress. She stepped down from Common Cause in February 2007 to return to her home state, in order to run for Congress in 2008. [2][3] Maine Senate Elections This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2009) Pingree was first elected in 1992 at the age of 37, defeating a popular Republican incumbent. She was outspoken against going to war against Iraq, although counseled by party insiders to avoid that subject. She won re-election a second term in 1996. In 2000, she was forced to leave the Legislature due to term limits. Tenure Pingree served as the Senate Majority Leader in the Maine Senate representing Knox County. She was elected Maine's second female Senate Majority Leader on December 4, 1996. During her tenure as a state legislator, Pingree led several economic development initiatives including landmark legislation to enhance small business opportunities and keep businesses in Maine. She gained nationwide headlines when she authored the nation's first bill regulating prescription drug prices, Maine Rx. Pingree also shepherded Maine's largest land-bill initiative, Land for Maine's Future. 2002 run for U.S. Senate Main article: United States Senate election in Maine, 2002 In 2002, she made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican junior U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Collins, a popular moderate incumbent, won by a margin of 16%. U.S. House of Representatives Elections 2008 See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2008 #District 1 In April 2007, Pingree filed papers for her bid to run for Maine's 1st congressional district.[4] On August 15th, 2007, EMILY's List endorsed Pingree's campaign for Congress in Maine's 1st District.[5][6] In December 2007 she also received the endorsement of 21st Century Democrats.[7] She was endorsed by a number of labor organizations and many individuals and state officials, including Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr.; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Maine Senate Majority Leader Libby Mitchell; former Maine Senate Assistant Majority Leader Anne Rand; State Representative Paulette Beaudoin; State Representative Nancy Smith; progressive writer and activist Jim Hightower; the United Auto Workers; Planned Parenthood, and the League of Conservation Voters.[8] Pingree was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2008. She was sworn in to Congress on January 6, 2009.[9] 2010 See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2010 #District 1 In 2010, Pingree ran for reelection, and won, defeating Republican challenger Dean Scontras by a 57-43 margin. She overcame strong anti-Democrat and anti-incumbent political sentiment to become just one of eight Democrats in the House of Representatives to receive a higher percentage of the vote than in 2008. Tenure Pingree is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In September 2010, a video surfaced on the internet showing Pingree disembarking a private jet at Portland International Jetport owned by her then-fiancé, hedge fund manager S. Donald Sussman. This drew criticism because of past statements Pingree had made that were critical about legislators using private aircraft.[10][11][12] The House Ethics Committee, in a bipartisan letter, stated the travel was permissible under House ethics rules.[13] Committee assignments Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Electoral results 2010 General Election - Maine's 1st Congressional District Chellie Pingree (D) 57% Dean Scontras (R) 43% 2008 General Election - Maine's 1st Congressional District Chellie Pingree (D) 55% Charlie Summers (R) 45% 2008 Democratic Primary - Maine's 1st Congressional District Chellie Pingree 44% Adam Cote 28% Michael Brennan 11% Ethan Strimling 11% Mark Lawrence 5% Stephen Meister 1% 2002 Race for U.S. Senate Susan Collins (R) (inc.), 58% Chellie Pingree (D), 42% Personal life Pingree has three children; the oldest, Hannah Pingree, is the Ex-Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. On June 18, 2011, Pingree married S. Donald Sussman.[14] The small private ceremony was held at the couple's North Haven home.[14] Pingree met Sussman in 2007 and the two became engaged in 2008.[14] References ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=142593 ^ [1] Portland Press Herald ^ [2] Portland Press Herald ^ Announcement to run for Congress Boston Globe, April 6, 2007 Accessed 2008-03-05 ^ EMILY's List Announces Endorsement of Chellie Pingree for Maine 1st District EMILY'S List, press release Accessed 2008-03-05 ^ Chellie Pingree U.S. House, ME EMILY'S List profile ^ Pingree Announces Endorsements December 20, 2007 Accessed 2008-03-05 ^ Complete list of endorsements ChelliePingree.com Accessed 2008-03-05 ^ New Faces of Congress: The House New York Times Accessed 2009-01-09 ^ Russell, Eric (2010-09-24). "Pingree takes heat for rides on fiance’s plane". Bangor Daily News. http://www.bangordailynews.com/story/Statewide/Maines-Pingree-takes-heat-for-jet-travel,154586. Retrieved 2010-09-27.  ^ Associated Press (2010-09-24). "Maine Congresswoman Takes Heat For Jet Travel". WBZ-TV. http://wbztv.com/wireapnewsme/Under.fire.for.2.1929921.html. Retrieved 2010-09-27. [dead link] ^ "Congresswoman Pingree's Travel Record Criticized". WPFO. 2010-09-24. http://www.myfoxmaine.com/news/politics/Congresswoman-Pingrees-Travel-Record-Criticized-103700234.html. Retrieved 2010-09-27.  ^ Portland Press Herald (2010-09-28). "Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree's jet travel cleared by ethics panel". http://www.pressherald.com/news/pingrees-jet-travel-cleared-by-panel_2010-09-28.html. Retrieved 2010-09-30.  ^ a b c Riskind, Jonathan (20 June 2011). "Pingree, Sussman wed". Portland Press Herald. http://www.pressherald.com/news/pingree-sussman-wed_2011-06-20.html. Retrieved 20 June 2011.  External links Congresswoman Chellie Pingree official U.S. House site Chellie Pingree for U.S. Congress official campaign site Biography at WhoRunsGov.com at The Washington Post Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Voting record maintained by The Washington Post Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart Congressional profile at GovTrack.us Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues Financial information at OpenSecrets.org Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission Campaign contributions at the National Institute for Money in State Politics Appearances on C-SPAN programs Common Cause official website Further reading Wright, Virginia. "Maine's Newest Political Dynasty". Down East: The Magazine of Maine (January 2009).  United States House of Representatives Preceded by Tom Allen Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's 1st congressional district 2009–present Incumbent United States order of precedence Preceded by Gary Peters D-Michigan United States Representatives by seniority 323rd Succeeded by Jared Polis D-Colorado v · d · eMaine's current delegation to the United States Congress Senators Olympia Snowe (R), Susan Collins (R) Representatives Chellie Pingree (D), Mike Michaud (D) Other states' delegations Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming Non‑voting: American Samoa • District of Columbia • Guam • Northern Mariana Islands • Puerto Rico • U.S. Virgin Islands Persondata Name Pingree, Chellie Alternative names Short description Date of birth April 2, 1955 Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota Date of death Place of death