Charles Summers Jr.

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Charles Summers Jr.
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Maine Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
2011 - 2012
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
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Charles Summers, Jr. (born 1959 in Danville, Illinois) was a Republican Maine Secretary of State. Elected to the office by a Republican majority that controlled both houses of the State Legislature in 2010, he was the first Republican named to the statewide public position in thirty-five years.[1][2][3][4]

Summers ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Summers won the Republican nomination in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. He faced Cynthia Dill and Independent candidate Angus King in the general election.[5]

Summers lost to Angus King (I) on November 6, 2012.[6]


Summers serves as a public affairs officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He was first recalled back to active duty in March 2007 by the United States Navy and was deployed to Iraq four months later attached to Multi National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) Strategic Effects Directorate. His deployment ended in May 2008, but he was once again recalled in September 2010, this time serving as a public affairs officer in Kabul, Afghanistan.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)[3]

Political career

Secretary of State 2011-2012

Summers was elected by the 125th Legislature to serve as Maine's 48th Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 6, 2011.[2][4][3]

Maine State Senate 1991-1995

Summer's first entry into state politics came in 1990 when he successfully campaigned to represent the thirty-first senate district in the State Legislature. During his first two years in office, he served as a member of the Legal Affairs and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Joint Standing Committee. Upon winning re-election in 1992, Summers was named as a ranking member of the Taxation Joint Standing Committee. In 1994, he chose to campaign for the United States House of Representatives seat for the 1st House District; he ultimately lost in the Republican primary, placing second with twenty-five percent of the vote. He would campaign for the same seat two more times - in 2004 and 2008. After his primary defeat, Summers began his tenure as State Director for Republican United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe, a position he maintained for nine years. From March 2005 until June 2007, he was New England Regional Administrator (Region I) for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), a role in which he was responsible for oversight of SBA District Offices in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in addition to the agency's financing, marketing and outreach efforts in the six-state region.[3][4][2]



See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Summers ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Summers won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[7] He defeated Scott D'Amboise, Richard Bennett, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, and William Schneider in the June 5 Republican primary. He faced Cynthia Dill (D), Andrew Ian Dodge (L), Independent candidate Angus King, Danny Francis Dalton, and Stephen Woods in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] King defeated all challengers to win the election.[5]

U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngAngus King 51.1% 370,580
     Democratic Cynthia Dill 12.8% 92,900
     Republican Charles Summers 29.7% 215,399
     Libertarian Andrew Ian Dodge 0.8% 5,624
     Independent Danny Francis Dalton 0.8% 5,807
     Independent Stephen Woods 1.4% 10,289
     N/A Blank Votes 3.3% 24,121
Total Votes 724,720
Source: Maine Secretary of State "United States Senate Election Results"


Angus King vs. Charles Summers Jr. vs. Cynthia Dill
Poll Angus King Charles Summers Jr.Cynthia DillNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports(September 25, 2012)
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2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Charles Summers, Jr. 59.8%
     Republican Party C. Peter Scontras 40.2%
Total Votes 35,402
2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Chellie Pingree 54.9%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 45.1%
Total Votes 374,559


  • Charles Summers, Jr. ran unopposed in this contest
2004 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Thomas H. Allen 62.1%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 37.9%
Total Votes 156,355


1994 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda James B. Longley, Jr. 42.8%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 25.0%
     Republican Party Kevin Keogh 18.1%
     Republican Party Theodore T. Rand 14.1%
Total Votes 46,073

Campaign contributions


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Summers lost the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Summers' campaign committee raised a total of $1,233,121 and spent $1,225,034.[13]


Summers currently resides in Maine with his wife, Ruth. The couple has had three children together - Patricia, Charles, and Thomas.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Dunlap
Maine Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Matthew Dunlap