Experience: House: District 1, 2009-Present
Home State: Maine
Running: President, United States, 2016
Total Raised: $471,953Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Winning: Won with 0.00%
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    Full Name: Chellie M. Pingree
    Gender: Female
    Family: Divorced; 3 Children: Hannah, Cecily, Asa
    Birth Date: 04/02/1955
    Birth Place: Minneapolis, MN
    Home City: North Haven, ME
    Religion: Lutheran


    BA, College of the Atlantic, 1976
    Attended, University of Southern Maine, 1973

Political Experience

    Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2008-present
    Former Member, School Board, North Haven, Maine
    Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2008
    Candidate, United States Senate, 2002
    Senator, Maine State Senate, 1992-2000
    Majority Leader, Maine State Senate, 1996-2000
    North Haven Tax Assessors, 1980-1994
    North Haven Planning Board, 1980-1994

Current Legislative Committees

    Appropriations, Member
    Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Member
    Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Member

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus, present, present
    Former Member, House Armed Services Committee, United States Congress
    Former Member, House Rules Committee, United States Congress
    Founder, Maine Economic Growth Council
    Co-Founder, Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus
    Co-Chair, Maine Economic Growth Council, 1995-1998
    Member, Advisory Committee on Mental Retardation, 1995-1996
    Member, Commission to Study Poverty Among the Working Poor, 1995-1996
    Member, Special Committee to Study Nursing Home Rates, 1995-1996

Professional Experience

    Founder/Co-Owner, Nebo Lodge, 2006-present
    Former Editor, North Haven News
    President/Chief Executive Officer, Common Cause, 2003-2007
    Owner/Founder, North Island Designs, 1981-1993
    Author/Essayist, Design and Production, 1986-1992
    Producer, Design and Production, 1986-1992
    Photographer, Design and Production, 1986-1992
    Farmer, North Island Farm, 1977-1980

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Former Member, Advisory Board, Maine Businesses For Social Responsibility
    Former Member, Board of Directors, Inter Island League
    Former Member, Board of Directors, Wal-Mart Watch
    Founder, Farm Apprenticeship Program
    Former Member, Ferry Advisory Committee
    Former Board Member, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
    Former Treasurer, North Haven Development Corporation
    Member, North Haven Grange
    Member, Board of Directors, Families USA, 2004-2007
    Trustee, College of the Atlantic, 1997-2001
    President/Founder, North Haven Arts and Enrichment Fund, 1990-2000
    Chair, Maine Women's Vote Project, 1998
    Planning Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, 1997
    Member, Eisenhower Fellow to Hungary, 1997
    Toll Fellow, Northeast Region, Council of Governments, 1995

Additional Information


    Outstanding Legislative Leadership on behalf of Children and Senior Citizens, The Maine Council of Senior Citizens, 1999
    Outstanding Leadership Award, The Maine Nature Conservancy for successful efforts to increase public land holdings in the State of Maine, 1999
    Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the building of a vibrant sustainable rural Maine, Maine Rural Development Council, 1998
    Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington,D.C. Focusing on the national impact of state policy and international leadership training for state legislators., 2001-2000
    Legislator of the Year, Economic Development Council of Maine, 1994
    Consumer Health Advocate Award, Families USA, Washington, D.C., 2001
    Maine's Favorite Legislator', Maine Times Newspaper Poll, 1995
    Arthur S. Flemming, "Courage to Lead" Award, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington, District of Columbia,2000
    Environmental Award, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 2000
    Leader for Change Award, Dirigo Alliance, 2003
    State Government Fellow, Harvards John F. Kennedy School of Government State and Local Government Program, 1996
    Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington, District of Columbia, 1996
    Jerome H. Barnett Award, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, 1994
    Buzz Fitzgerald Public Service Award, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, 2006
    Watering Can Award, Maine Initiatives, 2001
    Northeast Region Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments Program, 1996
    Hero of the Campaign Award, Citizens to Save Maine's Heritage for the successful Land Access Bond, 1999
    Legislator of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers, 2001
    Leader for Change Award, Dirigo Alliance, 2000
    Women's Hall of Fame, Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women, 2001
    Public Official of the Year Award, US Action, 2001
General Survey
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

No Opinion
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

No Opinion
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

No Opinion
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery
6. Vouchers for school choice

No Opinion
7. Make voter registration easier
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements
10. Expand the military

No Opinion
11. Support & expand free trade

No Opinion
12. Support American Exceptionalism
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

No Opinion
14. Expand ObamaCare

No Opinion
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

No Opinion
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive
17. Keep God in the public sphere

No Opinion
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

No Opinion
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

No Opinion
20. Privatize Social Security

No Opinion
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