Employment: Owner, Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant
Previous elected public offices: Maine State Senate, District 7; Maine House, District 38
Statement: Brian Langley is a chef, restaurant owner, educator, and former legislator. “For me, public service has always been about improving conditions for my community in the present while building a brighter future for our younger generation. To achieve that and find solutions to the complex issues facing our state right now, we need people in government who have been on the ground dealing directly with the numerous challenges of the last two years. I’m again stepping forward to serve because I have been there, on the ground, running a small business — a restaurant — and working alongside other small business owners as we all found ways to be creative and pivot our operations so we could survive and keep providing jobs in our communities.”
In addition to his experience as a chef and owner of Union River Lobster Pot, Langley also has decades of experience as an educator, with a particular focus on career and technical education.
In his previous legislative terms, Langley served as Chair of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and also served terms as a member of the Marine Resources Committee; the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee; and the Taxation Committee. He has previously served one term in the Maine House of Representatives and four terms in the Maine Senate.
“The way I approach the legislative process is to look past the rhetoric and find the threads of truth in the information presented to legislators, whether by citizens, experts, or my colleagues, and then use that information alongside my research and experiences to weave good public policy. It all starts with listening and having respectful, productive conversations.”
Langley and his wife, Jane, reside in Ellsworth. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Langley ran in a special election to the Maine State Senate to represent District 7 and lost June 14, according to Ballotpedia. He previously served in the Senate from 2010 to 2018 and was unable to run for re-election in 2018 due to term limits.
He served in the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 38 from 2008 to 2010.