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:

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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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.
BANGOR, Maine — 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.
YARMOUTH, Maine — 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 …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree lobbies Obama to require environmental review if Portland pipeline is reversed to carry tar sands

By Whit Richardson on Feb. 27, 2013, at 4:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter Wednesday to the Obama administration asking that any plan to reverse the flow of the Portland Montreal Pipeline to carry oil sands from Canada to Portland Harbor require a new permitting process and a thorough environmental review. Pingree’s letter …
Ruth Moore, of Milbridge is a military sexual trauma survivor who lives with PTSD and depression.  Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana introduced the Ruth Moore Act of 2013 to make it easier for survivors of military sexual trauma to get benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Pingree introduces bill to help military sex assault victims receive benefits

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 13, 2013, at 4:36 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree on Wednesday introduced a bill inspired by a Milbridge woman that aims to make it easier for victims of sexual assault while in the military to qualify for federal veterans’ benefits. Pingree, a Democrat who represents Maine’s 1st U.S. House District, introduced the bill along with …
Sen. Susan Collins in November.

Collins, Pingree say government should do more to prevent mentally ill from owning guns

By Bonnie Washuk on Dec. 20, 2012, at 8:07 a.m.
Two members of Maine’s Congressional delegation say more work needs to be done when it comes to gun control and mental health. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said there’s room for improvement. “We should examine, among other issues, whether states are reporting data on mentally ill individuals found to be …
Chellie Pingree

US Rep. Chellie Pingree assigned to House Appropriations Committee

By Robert Long on Dec. 13, 2012, at 12:50 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree will serve as a minority member of the House Appropriations Committee during the next Congress, her office announced Thursday. The committee sets spending priorities for all federal programs. Pingree will be only the second House Member from Maine since 1899 and only the fifth …

Training organization for Dem. women announces wins for its alumnae

By Ardeana Hamlin on Nov. 08, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine — Emerge Maine, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for public office, announced that 14 of its alumnae and five of its advisory board members won races for statewide, county and municipal office on Nov. 6. Prevailing in their races were State Reps. Erin Herbig of …
Chellie Pingree declares victory in Portland on Tuesday night Nov. 6, 2012.

Pingree declares victory in 1st District

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 06, 2012, at 10:07 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree declared victory in her 1st District race against upstart Republican Jon Courtney on Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. “Clearly the voters have said to me, ‘We’ve all worked hard over the last four years, there’s still more work to do,’” Pingree told …
Republican candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District, Jonathan Courtney, shakes hands outside the polling station at the Portland Expo just after noon on election day, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012.

Pingree, Courtney use final campaign hours to get message out to voters

By Robert Long on Nov. 06, 2012, at 7:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Demonstrating the quiet confidence of a well-financed incumbent, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, kept a low profile during the final days of this year’s race to represent Maine’s 1st Congressional District. By contrast, Pingree’s Republican challenger, Maine Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney of Springvale, planned to …
The first trip of the Amtrak Downeaster's new passenger train service from Boston to Freeport and Brunswick arrives at Brunswick's Maine Street Station on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Hundreds of people were on-hand to see the train arrive.

Freeport, Brunswick welcome long-awaited passenger rail service to Boston

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 01, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Passenger train service that links Brunswick and Freeport with Boston and beyond commenced Thursday after decades of development and years of doubt from some who thought they would never see Amtrak north of Portland. Restrictions on the Amtrak Downeaster’s speed, track maintenance concerns, the construction of stations …

General Dynamics in Saco wins $28 million bid for machine guns

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 30, 2012, at 8:40 p.m.
The contract initially approves the purchase of 6,000 M2A1 machine guns, with the option to procure as many as 6,000 more.
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