EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — It’s been more than 30 years since a 25-year-old Mike Michaud was elected to the Maine Legislature in 1980. He spent a quarter century in Augusta, eventually rising to Maine Senate President. Now, at 57, after spending a decade in the U.S. House representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, he’s running for a sixth term. Recently, during a brief rainstorm, Michaud sat down with the BDN to speak about how his time in Maine’s legislature shaped his views on politics.

Learn more about Mike Michaud and all the other candidates in this fall’s election at bangordailynews.com/race/2012-general-election/.

U.S. House District 2

Michael H. Michaud vs. Kevin L. Raye

This video is part of a series exploring the major candidates for Congress in Maine. Check back each week to learn more.

Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.