U.S. SENATOR FOR MAINE
In last year’s presidential race, the electoral votes were split with the second congressional district giving one vote to President Donald Trump. This comes as Republican Governor Paul LePage, who was first elected several years ago as part of the Tea Party wave, wraps up his second term.
King faces opposition from Republican State Senator Eric Brakey as well as LePage himself, who has floated the idea of running for Senate more seriously of late. Because King caucuses with the Democrats, if they put their efforts toward promoting Democrat Diane Russell, they run the risk of splitting the Democratic vote and allowing a Republican like Brakey or LePage to take the seat.
With his trademark white mustache, Angus King looks the part of a Southern gentleman born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1944. However, his position in the Senate as an Independent reflects his life as a resident of the very independent-minded state of Maine.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1966 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1969, King returned to Maine to enter private practice and eventually became a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance. In 1972, he served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics and later became a legislative assistant to Democratic U.S. Senator William Hathaway (D, ME).
In 1973, King was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma which could have proved fatal had he not had health insurance at the time. He has since credited this experience with his strong support of the Affordable Care Act.
A strong believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building, King also tries to informally bridge the partisan divide in Washington by frequently bringing his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to his home for barbeque dinners, where political talk is banned and the focus is getting to know one another. The bonds that are formed through these relationships often lay the foundation for successful legislation.
King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and six grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Maine outdoors – either on his Harley or with his family in their camper.
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