Stories about Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree (D)

North Haven, District 1

Website:, Candidates for U.S. Representative (D)


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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.
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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.
Fortunately for Maine, in 2011 a bipartisan group of legislators recognized the success of the federal New Markets Investment incentive and committed to replicating that success here in our state. Legislative leaders understood that encouraging more private investment in distressed communities was critical to lifting people out of poverty. They …

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

on June 13, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
The York River could be a good candidate for Wild and Scenic status, according to preliminary findings from the National Park Service released by the House today. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree requested a preliminary survey as part of legislation required to fund a full study, and the House passed the …

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.
The American Customer Satisfaction Index has pegged Time Warner Cable Inc. as the nation’s most unloved company. Based on phone and online surveys, it rated Time Warner Cable’s Internet service as 236th out of 236 companies in customer satisfaction — a list that included Coke, Campbell Soup, Nissan, Allstate and …
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.
PLEASANT POINT | Michael Chadwick, principal of the Beatrice Rafferty School on the Passamaquoddy Reservation, gave U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a colleague in Congress an eyeful and earful when they toured the aging school building on Wednesday. In the school’s music room, Chadwick pointed out where ceiling tiles …
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.
AUGUSTA | In an interview Friday, Gov. Paul LePage said reports that the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion would be relocated to Pennsylvania had been “blown out of proportion.” As commander in chief of the state’s National Guard, LePage said he would fight to keep the 500-member …
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.
NORTH HAVEN | An attorney who lives in France and summers on this Penobscot Bay island claims that improper email communication between the town and a historic lodge owned by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree created a bias against him when he challenged an expansion of the neighboring business. Steven …
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.
AUGUSTA | This week’s holiday cheer will be cut short Saturday for thousands of Mainers who will lose jobless benefits as the federal Extended Unemployment Compensation expires. Roughly 3,500 long-term unemployed residents no longer will be eligible for unemployment checks on Saturday, said Maine Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie …
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.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation expressed their concerns to federal officials Thursday about a proposed change in companies that handle concessions in Maine’s only national park. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee …

House passes bill to retroactively pay furloughed government workers

on Oct. 05, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Saturday that would retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed workers once the now 5-day-old government shutdown ends. “There are thousands of public employees in Maine who have been furloughed because of the government shutdown. They have mortgage and car payments …
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.
When enrollment opens for Maine’s new health insurance exchange this fall, the four members of Maine’s congressional delegation and their staffs are expected to join potentially thousands of other Maine residents signing up for coverage. While the federal Affordable Care Act generally will let people stick with the health insurance …
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.
The state’s congressional leaders are pushing federal authorities to require rail shippers to correct design flaws in oil tankers that exploded in a Quebec town on July 6, killing 47 people, they said Wednesday. U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree encouraged Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration chief Cynthia …
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.
BANGOR, Maine —The overnight shift at Bangor International Airport’s air traffic control tower will not be eliminated by the Federal Aviation Administration, Maine’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. “We are tremendously pleased that the FAA has decided not to eliminate the overnight shift at BIA,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King …
Ken Fredette

Democrats, GOP continue fight over Medicaid expansion, hospital repayment

By Christopher Cousins on April 30, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday continued to spar over linking acceptance of Medicaid expansion funds from the federal government with repayment of the state’s outstanding Medicaid debt to 39 hospitals. Although both sides say there is no disagreement about finally paying off $484 million owed to Maine …
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.
All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation stood in opposition of a possible elimination of the overnight shift at the Bangor International Airport air traffic control tower on Friday. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a joint letter to …

Rape victims can get counseling without risking government security clearance

By David Lerman, Bloomberg on April 05, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Victims of sexual assault can get mental health counseling without disclosing it on applications for U.S. government security clearance under a new policy set by the director of national intelligence. The guidance, effective immediately, seeks to counter a perception that disclosing such counseling would jeopardize the clearance needed …
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.
In the warmer months, low tides leave docks and boats sitting cockeyed in what looks like a giant mud pit, not a marina. The harbor’s mooring field is supposed to be 6 feet deep at low tide, according to federal navigation standards, while the navigation channel should …
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.
WASHINGTON — Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation have added their voices to those urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and the state’s two U.S. House members, Democrats Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, announced Friday in a joint …