Stories about Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree (D)

North Haven, District 1

Website:, 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:

Rep. Chellie PIngree speaks in Portland on Monday about proposed new new legislation that seeks to reduce food waste in the United States.

Pingree: Shaw’s reverses decision to halt food pantry donations

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 10, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
Shaw’s had phased out donations to food banks due to corporate policy.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Pingree asks feds to reject Maine methadone program cuts

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 13, 2015, at 12:39 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree has asked the federal government to reverse reductions in payments to methadone treatment centers that have happened since Gov. Paul LePage took office.

BDN, CBS 13 host debate with Maine’s 1st District House candidates

on Oct. 06, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, unveils a report by the chamber and the Maine Development Foundation in November 2013.

Be proud of this Maine tax credit

By Dana Connors on June 22, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.

Preliminary analysis shows York River a good candidate for ‘Wild and Scenic’ status

on June 13, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.

Survey puts Time Warner-Comcast merger in a harsh light, and Chellie Pingree agrees

By Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 04, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine (left) and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota visit a class as they tour the Beatrice Rafferty School on the Passamaquoddy Reservation. The legislators want to secure federal funds to replace the aging school.

Pingree brings House colleague from Minnesota on tour of dilapidated Passamaquoddy school

By Tim Cox on June 04, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
Brig. Gen. James Campbell

LePage says Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion isn’t going anywhere

By Mario Moretto on May 02, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Neighbor to Pingrees’ island lodge claims town emails show bias against him

By Stephen Betts on May 01, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
An employment application is shown at the career center in Bangor in 2011.

Unemployment benefits end for 3,500 long-term jobless Mainers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 27, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.
Fresh, hot popovers are the food of choice at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park.

Maine delegation raises concerns about Acadia contract award to New Mexico firm

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 07, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.

House passes bill to retroactively pay furloughed government workers

on Oct. 05, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Collins, King, Pingree, Michaud among first to enroll in new health insurance exchange

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 16, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.
Tankers remain on a rail off Route 2 in Hermon on Friday.

Michaud, Pingree push for Lac-Megantic tanker redesign

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 31, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.
A small private plane passes over the control tower at Bangor International Airport  at sunset Wednesday.

Bangor International Airport’s overnight air traffic control shift won’t be eliminated

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 08, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
Ken Fredette

Democrats, GOP continue fight over Medicaid expansion, hospital repayment

By Christopher Cousins on April 30, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.
Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso

Maine congressional delegation fights to keep overnight hours at Bangor airport tower

By Alex Barber on April 06, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.

Rape victims can get counseling without risking government security clearance

By David Lerman, Bloomberg on April 05, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
A dock on the Royal River sits in the mud during a low tide last year. Yarmouth is in line for money to dredge its harbor, although it's unclear if the funding will come through.

Sandy relief funds could help Yarmouth dredge its diminishing harbor

By Will Graff on March 08, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

King, Pingree and Michaud want courts to strike federal ban on same-sex marriage

By Robert Long on March 01, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.