Stories about Chellie Pingree
Chellie Pingree (D)
North Haven, District 1
Website: http://chelliepingree.com/, Candidates for U.S. Representative (D)
Bio: My mother grew up on the family farm in Minnesota. Years later, when I was a full time farmer, my mom would spend a month with us each year, teaching me all she knew. In a Norwegian/American family, hard work is a given, and my mother never stopped.
I was the youngest child, and my mom went back to work while I was at home. She was a nurse and, even though she worked long hours, she still cooked everything from scratch. Dad was hardworking, smart, and loved numbers, from the thousands of figures he pored over during the day, to his winning gin rummy scores at night.
My dad was a lifelong Republican. As a teenager, I was a staunch opponent of the war in Vietnam, and my dad was not at all fond of my war-protesting, anti-authoritarian ways. However, as the years passed, my father would come to visit us in Maine, helping me with the bookkeeping at my various small businesses and playing with his grandkids.
When I ran for the State Senate in 1992, the year before he died, he and my mom wrote me a check for $50. I was touched to see his barely legible signature–the only contribution he ever gave to a Democrat. (Source: http://chelliepingree.com/)