When I respond, or seek responses, I think of the Internet Republic and the people [[whump]] and the places who have made our water world Eden brave and free and fair. Permitted, required, and impossible. Stand alone or stand with, whose choice to what degree [[Thn/]] O[[thn/]]ne water world Eden under "We the people" – created by whom?

JRB ran for two offices simultaneously

#47 of 47: William Hale (hinging0) Sat 21 Jul 2012 (08:05 PM)

Chellie Pingree
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chellie Pingree

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine’s 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Tom Allen
Maine Senate Majority Leader
In office
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 12th district
In office
Succeeded by Christine Savage[1]
Personal details
Born April 2, 1955 (age 57)
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 [hide]
1 Early life, education, and early 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 Political positions
6.1 Interest group ratings
6.2 Other issues
7 Electoral results
8 Personal life
9 References
10 External links
11 Further reading
[edit]Early life, education, and early 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 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
[edit]Common Cause

As the leader of Common Cause, 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]
[edit]Maine Senate


This section of a biography of a living person does not include any
references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources.
Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly
sourced must be removed immediately. (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 in 1994[3] and 1996. In 2000, she was
forced to leave the Legislature due to term limits.
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.
[edit]2002 run for U.S. Senate

Main article: United States Senate election in Maine, 2002
In 2002, Pingree 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%.
[edit]U.S. House of Representatives

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Maine,
2008 #District 1 and United States House of Representatives elections
in Maine, 2010 #District 1
In April 2007, Pingree filed papers for her bid to run for Maine’s 1st
congressional district.[4] On August 15, 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
The top contributors to Pingree’s campaign were securities and
investment industries, providing roughly $123,900 in funding. Key
contributors include Paloma Partners, Caremi Partners, and the J Street
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]
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.
On February 29, 2012, an Associated Press story mentioned that Pingree
was starting to circulate petitions to run for the U.S. Senate seat
that was vacated by the retirement of Olympia Snowe, which she
confirmed on The Rachel Maddow Show later that night.[10] She withdrew
her name from the race on March 7, indicating that she would run for

Joe Biden ran for BOTH US Senate AND US Vice President; xref: whose
prior questioning of why who shouldn’t be able to run for more than one
office at a time.

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