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Matthew Dunlap

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Matthew Dunlap
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Maine Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
2005-2010, 2012 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position (current service)2
Years in position (previous service)5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles Summers Jr. (R)
Compensation
Base salary$69,264
Elections and appointments
Last election2012
Campaign $$12,465
Term limitsFour two-year terms
Prior offices
Maine House of Representatives
1996-2004
Education
High schoolMt. Desert Island High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maine
Master'sUniversity of Maine
OtherSenior Executives in State and Local Government program, Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 26, 1964
Place of birthBar Harbor, Maine
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
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Matthew Dunlap (born November 26, 1964, in Bar Harbor, Maine) is the current Maine Secretary of State. He was confirmed for the position on December 4, 2012.[1]

Dunlap was the Democratic Maine Secretary of State from 2005 until 2010. After being elected by the state legislature to serve as Maine's 47th Secretary of State, he was sworn into office on January 7, 2005.

Dunlap was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Maine. Dunlap was defeated by state senator Cynthia Dill in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012.[2]

Biography

Dunlap began his state political career in the Maine House of Representatives, where he served from 1996-2004. In 2004 he was selected as the 47th Secretary of State, serving through 2010. In 2012 he once again was named to the role of SOS, becoming the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in the office since 1880.[3]

Between his stints as Secretary of State, Dunlap served as Executive Director of the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine from January 2011-October 2011.[4]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Maine (1987) in history
  • Master's degree, University of Maine (1994) in English

Political career

Maine Secretary of State (2012-Present)

Dunlap was confirmed for the position on December 4, 2012.[5]

Maine Secretary of State (2005-2010)

Dunlap was the Democratic Maine Secretary of State from 2005 until 2010. After being elected by the state legislature to serve as Maine's 47th Secretary of State, he was sworn into office on January 7, 2005.

Maine House of Representatives (1996-2004)

Dunlap's political career in the state of Maine began with his election to the Maine House of Representatives in 1996. In the course of his eight year tenure in the Legislature, he served three terms as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He was also Democratic Chair of the 2003 Legislative Apportionment Commission, a member of the House Standing Committee on Elections, served as House Chair of the Citizen's Advisory Commission to Secure the Future of Maine's Wildlife and Fish, and was the first House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability. Dunlap was also Chair of the Old Town Democratic City Committee in addition to being Chair of the Marsh Island Community Deer Committee. Secretary Dunlap chaired a special task force in 2006 to plan for the future of the state's Cultural Building, and was the Chair of the 2006-2007 Maine State Employees Combined Charitable Appeal.

Dunlap served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1996-2004.

Maine

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Dunlap ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Dunlap sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[6] He faced Benjamin Pollard, Cynthia Dill, and Jon Hinck in the June 5 primary. Dunlap was defeated by Cynthia Dill in the Democratic primary.[2] Republicans Scott D'Amboise, Richard Bennett, Charles Summers, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, and William Schneider ran in the Republican primary. Third party candidates Andrew Ian Dodge, Aaron Marston, and Angus King will run in the general election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dunlap is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Dunlap raised a total of $12,465 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[7]

Matthew Dunlap's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2002 Maine State House District 121 Won $4,350
2000 Maine State House District 121 Won $1,375
1998 Maine State House District 121 Won $3,766
1996 Maine State House District 121 Won $2,974
Grand Total Raised $12,465

Personal

Dunlap currently resides in Old Town, Maine with his wife, Michelle Dunphy, and their daughter, Emily.[8]

Dunlap has served in the following other roles:

  • Chairman, Citizen's Advisory Commission to Secure Future of Maine's Fish and Wildlife (1998-2000)
  • Democratic Chair, Legislative Apportionment Commission (2002)
  • Chair, Cultural Building Task Force (2006)
  • Chair, Maine State Employees Combined Charitable Appeal (2006-2007)
  • Vice-President, Friends of Maine Track
  • Maine COLT
  • Member, Maine's Youth Fish and Game Association
  • National Poetry Foundation
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Member, New England Outdoor Writers Association of America
  • Vice-Chair, Old Town Democrats
  • Old Town Grange
  • Member, Outdoor Writers Association of America
  • Penobscot County Conservation Association
  • Sportsmans Alliance of Maine
  • President, University of Maine M-Club
  • Narragaugus Bay Chapter, Waterfowl USA
  • Member, House Standing Committee on Elections
  • House Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • House Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability
  • Chair, Marsh Island Community Deer Committee
  • Board Member, National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council
  • Chair, Old Town Democratic City Committee

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Maine House of Representatives
1996-2004
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Dan Gwadosky
Maine Secretary of State
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Charles Summers Jr. (R)
Preceded by
Charles Summers Jr. (R)
Maine Secretary of State
2012–Present
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