Residence: Augusta (Blaine House); Farmington (home)
Present employment: Governor of Maine
Highest level of education completed: Juris Doctor degree
Previous elected public office(s) held: Governor of Maine, 2019-Present; Attorney General of Maine, 2013-2019 and 2009-2011; State Representative, 2004-2009; District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, 1980-1995
Statement: Simply put: because there is more work left to do. In my first term, we fought a once-in-a-generation pandemic, responding better than nearly every state in the nation. Now, our economy is making a strong comeback, with unemployment down to 3.1 percent, nearly all jobs recovered, and Maine’s economic growth improving from almost dead last to 11th best in the nation. To help address high costs, I brought Republicans, Democrats, and Independents together to deliver $850 in inflation relief – one of the strongest measures in the nation. We also successfully expanded access to health care, fully funded Maine schools for the first time ever, and sent more money back to towns to support local services like fire and police. We did that by putting aside politics and working together. But too many hardworking families are still feeling the pinch. I want to address Maine’s workforce shortage and our housing crisis and tackle the issues that are holding our state and people back, like high costs and the lack of affordable child care and broadband access. Let’s keep working together, making progress, and striving to make Maine the best state to live, work, and raise a family.