Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-2)
Third in a series of three blog posts introducing the newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.
Republican Bruce Poliquin will replace Rep. Mike Michaud, who decided not to seek re-election to Maine’s Second Congressional District after more than a decade of service in order to run for governor. A long-time private sector businessman and manager, Poliquin defeated former Maine State Senate President Kevin Raye for the Republican nomination in June, before outlasting State Senator Emily Cain (D-Orono) and Independent Blaine Richardson in November’s election, garnering just over 47 percent of the vote. Poliquin previously ran for the United States Senate in 2012 and Maine Governor in 2010, but was bested in the Republican primary in both races. A third generation Mainer, Poliquin grew up in the city of Waterville before attending Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. After college, Poliquin launched his business career in Chicago before moving to New York City and continuing his work managing businesses, including at one investment company that managed $5 billion of worth pensions funds for clients that included major Maine employers such as Bath Iron Works and International Paper. He returned to Maine 25 years ago, and continued his business career in his native state. Prior to his election to Congress, Poliquin served as Maine State Treasurer during the first two years of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration. As Treasurer, Poliquin helped usher in reforms that eliminated $1.7 billion in pension debt, reducing government spending by $200 million per year and allowing for the largest income tax cut in Maine history. Poliquin also worked closely with the Governor’s office to help facilitate the expansion of natural gas throughout the state. Poliquin now lives in the central Maine town of Oakland. In Congress, Poliquin plans to focus on job creation, by eliminating unnecessary regulations, lowering energy costs, paying down the $17 trillion national debt, and reducing taxes. See Poliquin’s Campaign Website.
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