Current Position: US Representative since 2008
Candidate: 2021 US Representative
Former Position(s): State Senator from 1992 – 2000
Chair, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies – Appropriations
In Maine, VT, and DC, incarcerated people are allowed to vote and our democracy is stronger for it! Today @EleanorNorton & I intro’d a bill to provide people in prison w/ info on how they can register & vote absentee. We must break down all barriers to the ballot box!
Why food policy is worth fighting for: Chellie Pingree at TEDxManhattan
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Congresswoman Webpage – September 13, 2021 (Short)
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, today called the panel’s markup of the agriculture provisions of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation legislation a “win” for climate research, renewable energy, and the nation’s forests. The bill specifically includes $7.75 billion for climate-focused agricultural research; $18.69 billion for rural development and renewable energy; and $40 billion to increase forest resilience in the face of climate change, reduce wildfire risk, and enhance carbon sequestration.
“Thanks to our committee this budget reconciliation bill will include an unprecedented investment in climate research, forest resilience, and on-farm renewable energy. These are long overdue investments that will create green jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester more carbon in our forests, and empower American farmers, ranchers, and foresters with the research and technology they need to address climate change. I am extremely proud that the reconciliation bill includes key tenets of my Agriculture Resilience Act, Rural Forest Markets Act, and Community Wood Facilities Assistance Act all of which I wrote to support farmers and foresters in the fight against climate change,” said Congresswoman Pingree.
Source: Government page
Chellie Pingree never anticipated a life in politics. Living on the offshore island of North Haven, Maine, she raised her kids and ran a small business. She served on the school board and as the local tax assessor, a job no one else in town wanted. But in 1991, when she was approached about running for State Senate, she jumped at the chance.
She scored a remarkable upset, defeating a popular Republican, and went on to serve four terms in the Maine Senate. But throughout her political career, from Augusta to Washington and beyond, the lessons she learned on North Haven have always been her guide: Be accountable to your neighbors, and always use your common sense.
Chellie Johnson (she has legally changed her name from “Rochelle”) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1955, the youngest of four children. Her father, Harry, worked in advertising and her mother, Dorothy, was a nurse. Chellie moved to Maine as a teenager, attended the University of Southern Maine, and graduated from the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor. After college, she moved to North Haven, an island town of 350 people twelve miles off the coast of Rockland, to raise her family and make a living.
House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Chair, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
House Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
- Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
- Agriculture and Rural America Taskforce
- Arts Caucus (co-chair)
- Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
- Bicycle Caucus
- Biomass Caucus
- Business Owners Caucus
- Childhood Cancer Caucus
- Coast Guard Caucus
- Congressional Coalition on Adoption
- Cut Flower Caucus
- Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
- Dairy Farmer Caucus
- Defense Communities Caucus
- Diabetes Caucus
- Food Waste Caucus (co-chair)
- Friends of Ireland Caucus
- General Aviation Caucus
- Green Schools Caucus
- High Speed Rail Caucus
- Historic Preservation Caucus
- House Oceans Caucus
- House Trade Working Group
- Humanities Caucus
- Hunger Caucus
- Invasive Species Caucus
- LGBT Equality Caucus
- Lyme Disease Caucus
- Maternity Care Caucus
- Medicaid Expansion Caucus
- Military Depot & Industrial Facilities Caucus
- Military Mental Health Caucus
- Military Sexual Assault Protection Caucus
- National Guard & Reserve Component Caucus
- Native American Caucus
- Neuroscience Caucus
- Organic Caucus
- Peace Corps Caucus
- Philanthropy Caucus
- Pollinator Protection Caucus
- Ports Caucus
- Primary Care Caucus
- Pro Choice Caucus
- Progressive Caucus
- Rural Broadband Caucus
- Rural Caucus
- Rural Education Caucus
- Semiconductor Caucus
- Service Caucus
- Shellfish Caucus
- Ship Building Caucus
- Small Brewers Caucus
- Small Business Caucus (co-chair)
- Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
- Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
- TRIO Caucus
- Wildlife Refuge Caucus
- Wine Caucus
- Women’s Caucus
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Waterville, ME 04901
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Chellie Marie Pingree (/ / SHELL-ee PING-gree; née Johnson; born April 2, 1955) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 1st congressional district since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, her district includes most of the southern part of the state, including Portland and Augusta.
Pingree was a member of the Maine Senate from 1992 to 2000, serving as majority leader for her last four years. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 2002, losing to incumbent Republican Susan Collins. From 2003 until 2006, she was president and CEO of Common Cause. She is the first Democratic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine.
Early life, education, and early career
Pingree was born Rochelle Marie Johnson, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Harry and Dorothy Johnson. She moved to Maine as a teenager and had her first name legally changed to Chellie. She attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated from College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology. Since graduating from College of the Atlantic, she has resided on North Haven, a small island community off the coast of Rockland.
Pingree held various farming and care-taking jobs until 1981, when she started North Island Yarn, a cottage industry of hand knitters with a retail store on North Haven. Her business expanded and became North Island Designs, employing as many as ten workers. They began marketing knitting kits and pattern books nationwide through 1,200 retail stores and 100,000 mail-order catalogues. Through North Island Designs, Pingree authored and produced five knitting books between 1986 and 1992. Eisenhower Fellowships selected Chellie Pingree as a USA Eisenhower Fellow in 1997.
As the leader of Common Cause, Pingree was active in the organization’s programs in media reform, and elections, ethics, and money in politics. She supported net neutrality, mandatory voter-verified paper ballots, public financing of congressional elections, national popular vote (a work-around of the
Electoral College), and an independent ethics commission for Congress. She stepped down from Common Cause in February 2007 to return to her home state and run for Congress in 2008.
Pingree was first elected in 1992. She was outspoken against going to war against Iraq, although counseled by party insiders to avoid that subject. She won re-election in 1994 and 1996. In 2000, she was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.
During her tenure as a state legislator, Pingree gained nationwide headlines when she authored the nation’s first bill regulating prescription drug prices, Maine Rx. Pingree also shepherded Maine’s largest land-bill initiative, Land for Maine’s Future.
2002 run for U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
On August 15, 2007, EMILY’s List endorsed Pingree’s campaign for Congress in Maine’s 1st district. In December 2007 she received the endorsement of 21st Century Democrats. She was endorsed by a number of labor organizations and many individuals and state officials, including Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr.; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Maine Senate Majority Leader Libby Mitchell; former Maine Senate Assistant Majority Leader Anne Rand; State Representative Paulette Beaudoin; progressive writer and activist Jim Hightower; the United Auto Workers; Planned Parenthood, and the League of Conservation Voters.
Pingree was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2008. She was sworn in to Congress on January 6, 2009.
In 2010, she ran for reelection, and won, defeating Republican challenger Dean Scontras by a 57–43 margin. She overcame strong anti-Democrat and anti-incumbent political sentiment to become just one of eight Democrats in the House of Representatives to receive a higher percentage of the vote than in 2008.
On February 29, 2012, an Associated Press story mentioned that Pingree was starting to circulate petitions to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Olympia Snowe, which she confirmed on The Rachel Maddow Show later that night. She withdrew her name from the race on March 7 and ran for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2016, Pingree defeated Republican challenger Mark Holbrook by around 16 points.
In late 2017, Pingree’s name was mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for governor of Maine, to succeed term-limited incumbent Paul Lepage. In mid-December, she announced plans to run for re-election to the House. Pingree again faced Holbrook in the 2018 general election. The race was not considered competitive, and she defeated Holbrook by around 26 points.
Pingree was re-elected in 2020.
Soon after her election, she joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which she is now vice-chairwoman. In September 2010, a video surfaced on the internet showing Pingree at Portland International Jetport disembarking from a private jet owned by her then-fiancé, hedge fund manager S. Donald Sussman. This drew criticism due to past statements made by Pingree critical of legislators using private aircraft. Pingree declined to respond. The House Ethics Committee, in a bipartisan letter, stated the travel was permissible under House ethics rules.
Pingree announced on April 26, 2013, that she would not run for Governor of Maine in the 2014 election. She stated that she was “happy” to serve in the House, and that the possibility of a three-way race also factored in to her decision.
On May 23, 2013, Pingree introduced in the United States House of Representatives the York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2013 (H.R. 2197; 113th Congress). If passed, the bill would require the National Park Service (NPS) to study a segment of the York River in the state of Maine for potential addition to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The study would be to determine how the proposed designation would affect current recreational and commercial activities. The study would cost approximately $500,000.
- Committee on Appropriations (2013–present)
- Committee on Agriculture (2009–2012)
- Committee on Armed Services (2009–2012)
- Congressional Progressive Caucus (Vice-Chair)
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Afterschool Caucuses
- Blue Collar Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- Medicare for All Caucus
Pingree is opposed to granting the president fast track authority in negotiating trade agreements, having voted against doing so on June 12, 2015. Pingree stated that such agreements needed more transparency and debate, not less.
Pingree helped draft the Fair Elections Now Act, a proposal to provide public ‘Fair Elections’ funding for popular candidates who raised a sufficient number of small local contributions. Pingree has spoken out against the 2011 Supreme Court ruling McComish v. Bennett which limited public financing systems for congressional candidate campaigns.
Pingree has consistently voted against resolutions promoting aggressive foreign policy. Pingree voted “yea” in March 2011 on a resolution to remove forces from Afghanistan. In June 2011, Pingree voted “yea” on House Resolution 292, preventing President Barack Obama from deploying ground forces in Libya.
In 2017, Pingree did not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump and instead visited a Planned Parenthood center and a business owned by immigrants. She attended the 2017 Women’s March the following day and stood on stage with other politicians who had also refused to attend the inauguration. In July 2019, Pingree joined 95 Democrats voting for an impeachment resolution against Trump. Maine representative Jared Golden and 136 other Democrats joined with their Republican colleagues to kill the resolution.
In July 2019, Pingree voted against H. Res. 246 – 116th Congress, a House Resolution introduced by Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) opposing efforts to boycott the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. The resolution passed 398-17.
On December 18, 2019, Pingree voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump from office.
|Chellie Pingree||Democratic||205,629||54.90%||Charlie Summers||Republican||168,930||45.10%|
|2014||Democratic||186,309||60.3%||Isaac Misiuk||Republican||94,847||30.7%||Richard Murphy||Other||27,669||9.0%|
|2016||Democratic||227,546||57.9%||Mark Holbrook||Republican||164,569||42.1%||James Bouchard||Libertarian||14,551||3.6%|
|2018||Democratic||198,853||58.8%||Mark Holbrook||Republican||109,714||32.4%||Martin Grohman||Independent||29,569||8.7%|
|Republican||Susan Collins (incumbent)||299,266||58.4|
Pingree has three children; the oldest, Hannah Pingree, is the ex-Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. On June 18, 2011, Pingree married S. Donald Sussman, a hedge fund manager, in a private ceremony at the couple’s home in North Haven, Maine.
Until June 1, 2015, Sussman owned a 75% stake in MaineToday Media, the owners of the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Morning Sentinel, in addition to sitting on the board of directors. Articles in those papers that discussed Pingree carried a disclaimer noting her marriage to Sussman.
Sussman completed the sale of his stake in MaineToday Media on June 1.
Pingree released a statement on September 8, 2015, announcing her separation and beginning of divorce proceedings from Sussman. She called it an “amicable and truly mutual decision”. The two divorced in the summer of 2016.
Pingree is a co-owner, along with her daughter Hannah, of the Nebo Lodge Inn & Restaurant on Maine’s North Haven Island.
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2016 US Representative
|Chellie Pingree (D)||227,546||58%|
|Mark Holbrook (R)||164,569||41.9%|
PINGREE, ROCHELLE M (CHELLIE) has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,402,161.
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Investing in Our Infrastructure
Maine needs a strong infrastructure to compete on a national and global scale. I’ve been a strong supporter of fixing our infrastructure while expanding our technology, like bringing broadband Internet to rural areas of the state. I also believe we need a strong transportation network, which is why I have supported extending the Downeaster line to Brunswick and expanding options for alternative transportation.
Supporting Small Businesses
Small businesses truly are the backbone of Maine’s economy and one thing I hear most from them is the need for capital. As a small business owner myself, I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I’ve supported expanding Small Business Administration loan programs, cutting unnecessary regulations, and have worked to connect our small businesses with larger federal contractors.
Strengthening the Creative Economy
The arts aren’t just entertainment–they’re being used in Maine to drive economic activity and bring people back into our downtowns. Learn more about my work to advocate for federal support for the arts here.
Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Shipbuilding is in Maine’s blood, and it represents the livelihood of thousands of Mainers. Learn about my advocacy for Bath Iron Works here and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard here.
Brunswick Naval Air Station
The closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station marked the end of an era. But redevelopment of the site has presented an excellent opportunity to create new jobs for the area. I helped the local redevelopment authority acquire the site for no cost from the Navy, and have been happy to see new businesses use the facilities, including Resilient Communications, Molnlycke Health Care, the Brunswick Executive Airport, and a new campus of Southern Maine Community College.
Maine is working to become a leader in clean energy, including offshore wind power and tidal power. Learn more here.
I am strong supporter of Maine’s efforts to support local foods and local farms because there’s no need to buy food from across the globe or country when our neighbors are already producing fresh, healthy produce. As member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’m working for federal policy that better supports creation of these local jobs. Learn more here.
Maine’s 20 miles of working waterfronts support 30,000 jobs, but are vulnerable to development. Communities need more resources to protect these critical places so generations of Mainers can continue making their living from the water. Learn more here.
Climate change is real, caused by human activity, and an urgent threat to our way of life. For too long, scientific warnings were ignored and now we’re at a crisis point. To avoid a major, irreversible catastrophe, we must take bold action to become carbon neutral by 2050.
In the 116th Congress, I’ve introduced three bills to protect our oceans and coastlines from the climate crisis and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I’m proud that two of these bills (H.R. 1716 & H.R. 3596) have already passed the House and await action in the Senate. And as the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Interior and Environment, I play a leading role in the fight against climate change in Congress by holding the Trump administration accountable on this issue. Additionally, I’ve cosponsored 57 bills introduced by my House colleagues to address the climate crisis —all outlined below.
This page was designed to keep you updated about the progress Congress is making to fight climate change—but this is just a starting point. Think I should add another bill to this list? Contact my office here.
Together, these bills take immediate and comprehensive action to combat and mitigate the climate crisis.
Keep up to date on my efforts to protect and improve on affordable health care gains for the American people.
Medicare and Social Security work to keep thousands of Mainers out of poverty. But they’ve become targets for those who’d rather cut benefits than having the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share. We need to protect these critical benefits and make sure they are there for the next generation.
Don’t Touch Medicare
For 60 years, Medicare has given millions of seniors the health care they need and kept them out of poverty. It’s a benefit our seniors have worked hard to earn. Still, some see it as a way to balance a deficit that our seniors to cause. I’m against any cutting for Medicare benefits and medical care for our retirees and I vow to fight any proposals to do so.
Strengthening Social Security
Social Security is another important benefit that seniors worked hard to earn. But some want to change the program by scaring people into thinking it won’t be around for the future. That’s simply not true. There are ways to strengthen Social Security without cutting benefits.
I believe that we have a moral obligation to our nation’s veterans, whether they’ve served for 3 years or for 30. Through my seat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I will work to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs is adequately funded to provide veterans with the benefits they are entitled to and that bureaucracy does not lead to the wrongful denial of benefits.
I am honored to represent Maine’s current and former military members in Congress.
Food and Agriculture
On both the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and the House Agriculture Committee, longtime organic farmer Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is fighting for a food system that works better for farmers, consumers, and the environment. Her work on the issue has earned her national praise, but the real wins have been the successful reforms she made in the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. Stay tuned to this page for updates on all issues food and agriculture.
Fisheries are an incredibly important issue for Maine. From fighting to ensure our fishermen have access to working waterfronts to supporting the scientific research and stock assessments necessary to ensure the accurate setting of quotas, I am working in Maine and DC to make our fisheries and coastal communities more sustainable.
Protecting Working Waterfronts
It’s hard to imagine a place like Maine without its working waterfronts. They’re not only an iconic part of our state’s history and landscape, but an irreplaceable resource for 30,000 thousand Mainers who make their living from marine-related industries.
But as valuable as they are to our communities, they make up only 20 miles of our 3,300-mile coastline. That makes them extremely vulnerable, since a development here or a few condos there can swallow a large percentage of what working land remains. Other emerging threats include climate change and ocean acidification.
We need tools to protect these valuable spots and ensure that Mainers can continue to make their living from the sea.