U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is selling his Oakland home, but the two-term Republican congressman hopes to remain in the Belgrade Lakes region, his spokesman said Friday.
“Now that his son has finished college, the congressman has been looking to downsize,” spokesman Brendan Conley said Friday. “The congressman’s property in Oakland has been in his family for decades and he’s hoping to find someone that will appreciate the special home as much as his family has.”
That claim was controversial despite residency not being a requirement to represent a congressional district. Critics said that he was more of a 1st Congressional District resident and not in touch with the communities of the 2nd District.
His primary residence had been in a $3.4 million mansion in Georgetown, which is in Maine’s 1st Congressional District, although he had been living in Oakland to establish residency in the 2nd District.
Poliquin made his career as an investment banker and entered the political scene in 2010 in an unsuccessful bid for governor. While serving as state treasurer, he also ran for the Senate in 2012 but was defeated in the primary election.
As of Friday, his Oakland property remained unlisted on any real estate sale websites.
As a real estate entrepreneur, Poliquin has bought and sold many properties in various locations in Maine for many years, Conley said.