Meet the Freshmen: Senator-Elect Angus King (I-ME)

In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation.  During the week of November 19, we’ll take a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate.  During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House.  NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.

Angus King is one of two former Governors to join the Senate’s freshman class, having served two terms as the Governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003. The 68-year-old King won a three-way race last week to replace retiring Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) with almost 53 percent of the vote. While he has said he will keep his independent stances, King will likely align with Senate Democrats on many issues and has announced that he will caucus with the Democratic Party. He has said reforming the Senate is one of his priorities, including filibuster reform, as well as a No Budget, No Pay Act which would require Congress to pass a budget before receiving pay. He is a supporter of the 2010 health care reform and of renewable energy as a way to reduce dependency on foreign oil. He formerly worked for U.S. Senator William Hathaway (D-ME), was a practicing lawyer, hosted public television and was a founding partner of Northeast Energy Management before becoming a lecturer at Bowdoin College. He favors increased government spending on infrastructure and supports lowering the regulatory burden on business. King is a supporter of same-sex marriage, is pro-choice and has called for the continuation of a tariff on imported athletic footwear citing the potential loss of jobs at New Balance’s Skowhegan and Madison factories. See King’s Campaign Website.

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