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|Position = U.S. Senate, Maine
 
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|Place of birth = Alexandria, Virginia
 
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|Religion = Episcopalian
 
|Religion = Episcopalian
 
|Office website = http://king.senate.gov/
 
|Office website = http://king.senate.gov/
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}}{{tnr}}'''Angus King''' (b. March 31, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an [[Independent]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Maine]]. King was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and is currently serving his first term. He announced he would caucus with the Democrats during the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83834.html?hp=l6 ''Politico'' "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Angus King''' (b. March 31, 1944, in Alexandria, [[Virginia|VA]]) is an [[Independent]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Maine]]. King was first elected to the Senate in 2012. He is currently serving his first term. He announced he would caucus with the Democrats during the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83834.html?hp=l6 ''Politico'', "Angus King joins Democrats," accessed November 14, 2012]</ref>
  
 
King is set to run for re-election in [[Maine]] in November of 2018.
 
King is set to run for re-election in [[Maine]] in November of 2018.
  
Prior to his election to the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]], King served as Governor of Maine from 1995-2003.
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Prior to his election to the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]], King served as [[Governor of Maine]] from 1995 to 2003.
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
King was born in Alexandria, VA and has spent most of his life in Maine. He graduated from the University of Virginia's School of Law in 1969.  He has since served as one of just two independent governors in the United States.  King is also a Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College.<ref>[http://angus2012.com/about-angus-king/ Angus King's Official Campaign Website]</ref>
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King was born in Alexandria, [[Virginia|VA]], and has spent most of his life in [[Maine]]. He graduated from the University of Virginia's School of Law in 1969.  He has since served as one of just two independent governors in the United States.  King is also a Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://angus2012.com/about-angus-king/ ''Angus King's Official Campaign Website'', "About," accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*After Law School, King became a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan, Maine
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Below is an abbreviated outline of King's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000383 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "KING, Angus Stanley, Jr., (1944 - )," accessed February 13, 2015]</ref>
*In 1972, he became Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics
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*2013-Present: U.S. Senator from Maine
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*1995-2003: Governor of Maine
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*1983: Vice-president of Swift River/Hafslund Company, "an alternative energy development company"
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*1989: Founder of Northeast Energy Management, Inc., "a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects"
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*1972: Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics
 
*Host and co-producer of “Maine Watch,” a TV show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network
 
*Host and co-producer of “Maine Watch,” a TV show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network
*Vice-president of Swift River/Hafslund Company, "an alternative energy development company" (1983)
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*After Law School, King became a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan, Maine
*Founder of Northeast Energy Management, Inc., "a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects" (1989)
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*Governor of Maine 1995-2003
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
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====2015-2016====
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King serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments," accessed February 4, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Armed Services| Armed Services Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Personnel
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**Subcommittee on SeaPower
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**Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
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*[[United States Senate Committee on the Budget| Committee on the Budget]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources| Energy and Natural Resources]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources#Energy|Subcommittee on Energy]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources#National Parks|Subcommittee on National Parks]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources#Water & Power|Subcommittee on Water & Power]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration| Rules and Administration Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
King serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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King served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
*[[United States Senate Committee on Armed Services]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
 
**Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
 
**Subcommittee on SeaPower
 
**Subcommittee on SeaPower
 
**Subcommittee on Personnel
 
**Subcommittee on Personnel
*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget|Budget Committee]]
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Rules and Administration Committee]]
*[[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)|Select Committee on Intelligence]]
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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===113th Congress===
====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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===National security===
=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
{{Support vote}} King voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/22381/angus-king-jr#.Ul_5c1N0I7I ''Project Votesmart,'' "Angus King Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} King voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/22381/angus-king-jr#.Ul_5c1N0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Angus King Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013]</ref>
  
====Economy====
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===Economy===
=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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====Farm bill====
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{{Yea vote}} On February 4, 2014, the [[Democratic]] controlled [[United States Senate|Senate]] approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR2642: H.R. 2642], also known as the Farm Bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00021 ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> It passed the [[United States Senate|Senate]] with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in if or when prices were to drop.<ref name="farm">[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/politics/senate-passes-long-stalled-farm-bill.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 ''NY Times'', "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.<ref name="farm"/> King voted in favor of the bill.
  
{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. King voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====2014 Budget====
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{{Yea vote}} On January 16, 2014, the [[Democratic]]-controlled [[United States Senate|Senate]] approved [http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00013#position H.R. 3547], a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.<ref name="polsenate">[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/ted-cruz-obamacare-affordable-care-act-senate-vote-102285.html ''Politico'', "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref><ref name="vote">[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00013#position ''U.S. Senate'', "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref> The [[United States Senate|Senate]] voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 [[Republicans]] and 55 [[Democrats]] voting in favor of the bill.<ref name="vote"/> The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.<ref>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/house-passes-1-1-trillion-omnibus-prewrite/ ''Roll Call'', "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref> It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the [[Internal Revenue Service]] and the [[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency|Environmental Protection Agency]] and left the [[Healthcare.gov website rollout|Affordable Care Act]] without any drastic cuts. King voted in favor of the bill.<ref name="polsenate"/><ref name="vote"/>
  
=====Budget battle=====
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====Government shutdown====
“There is a company up here in Maine that has a sign … the sign says, ‘All of us are always smarter than any of us,’” King said of the budget debate on November 10, 2013. “There is a lot of validity to that. Nobody has all the right answers. No party has all the right answers.”<ref name="quotes">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/angus-king-budget-battle-99643.html ''Politico,'' "Angus King sees hope in budget battle," accessed November 11, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
He added, “I’m not one of those who say, ‘Oh it’s no big deal; we’ll just grow our way out of it. This is a serious problem, and those who say, ‘Oh, we don’t need to worry about it; we don’t need to do this austerity stuff,’ I don’t think we need to do the austerity stuff, but I do think we need to take the problem seriously.
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. King voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
King also hinted that his support for a Republican proposal to require Congress to actually balance the budget, stopping just short of endorsing a balanced budget amendment, may be growing.<ref name="quotes"/>
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====Pay during government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
“This is a new position for me because all my life I have been opposed to artificial budget constraints, like a balanced budget amendment,” he said. “I’m starting to think that something like that is necessary in order to provide the discipline to balance budgets...The budget is hard because it goes to the core values of the two parties. To me, there is an obvious middle ground.”<ref name="quotes"/>
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King decided to place his earnings in an escrow account "and will only accept it if federal employees who work during the shutdown are also ultimately compensated for their work," a spokesman said. "In the event they are not, Senator King intends to donate his pay to charities in Maine."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/?tid=pm_pop ''Washington Post'', "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Pay during government shutdown=====
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====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013====
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act]]''
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{{Yea vote}} King voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
  
King decided to place his earnings in an escrow account "and will only accept it if federal employees who work during the shutdown are also ultimately compensated for their work," a spokesman said. "In the event they are not, Senator King intends to donate his pay to charities in Maine."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/?tid=pm_pop ''Washington Post,'' "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
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{{Nay vote}} King voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Climate change and lobsters=====
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===Social issues===
On September 18, 2013, King became involved in the climate change debate when he made a speech on the [[United States Senate|Senate]] floor regarding changes in water temperature and the migration of lobsters to colder waters because of the changes.<ref name="lobsters">[http://bangordailynews.com/2013/09/18/outdoors/kings-climate-change-speech-in-congress-ponders-disaster-for-maine-lobster-industry/?ref=latest ''Bangor Daily News,'' "King’s climate change speech in Congress ponders disaster for Maine lobster industry," accessed September 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} King voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
  
King presented a range of data indicating that global levels of carbon dioxide are reaching a historical tipping point that could raise the levels of the oceans and move water temperatures off the Maine coast high enough to drive lobsters away.<ref name="lobsters"/>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s060_040.gif|right|290px|thumb|Angus King's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, King is a '''Moderate Liberal Populist.''' King received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 38 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
  
In the speech King said, “The lobster makes up about 70 percent to 80 percent of our fisheries’ value, and what’s happening in Maine is that as the water gets warmer, the lobsters go north...So this isn’t something where we can just say oh, well, we’ll do a few little things now and maybe it will be OK, and 100 years from now or 500 years from now somebody else will worry about it. There could be a catastrophic event within years, certainly within decades.”<ref name="lobsters"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=King|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Angus_King.htm ''On The Issues'', "Angus King Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014]</ref>
 
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
“They were doing great in Rhode Island and Connecticut until the temperature started to kill them off,” said King. “We certainly hope it won’t happen [in Maine], but there’s a danger of a collapse and that’s what’s happened to our south. The lobster fishery in southern New England has essentially collapsed.”<ref name="lobsters"/>
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|Hiring= Favors
 
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|Marriage=Strongly Favors
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|God= Opposes
{{Support vote}} King voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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|ObamaCare=Favors
 
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|Social Security=Opposes
=====2013 Senate Budget Proposal=====
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|School Choice= Opposes
{{Support vote}} King voted for the 2013 [[United States Senate|Senate]] Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. King was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Opposes
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|Taxes=Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Unknown
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|Military=Unknown
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The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.
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===Economy===
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====Budget battle====
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King said of the budget debate on November 10, 2013, “There is a company up here in Maine that has a sign … the sign says, ‘All of us are always smarter than any of us.' There is a lot of validity to that. Nobody has all the right answers. No party has all the right answers.”<ref name="quotes">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/angus-king-budget-battle-99643.html ''Politico'', "Angus King sees hope in budget battle," accessed November 11, 2013]</ref>
  
The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.
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===Social issues===
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====Winter Olympics====
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On January 19, 2014, King cited security concerns at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as reason for athletes not to appear at the event in Sochi, Russia.<ref name="sochi">[http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/01/king-skip-olympics-181494.html ''Politico'', "Angus King would skip Olympics," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/19/sen-angus-king-russia-olympics-i-would-not-go/ ''Washington Times'', "Sen. Angus King on security at Russia Olympics: ‘I would not go’," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref>
  
The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.
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King said: "I would not go, and I don't think I would send my family....It's just such a rich target. It would be a stretch, I think, to say I'd send my family."<ref name="sochi"/>
  
The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
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King's comments came amid increased concerns from some U.S. officials that Russia did not do enough to combat the possibility of a terrorist attack leading up to the games.<ref name="sochi"/>
  
====Immigration====
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===Endorsements===
=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014]] and [[United States Senate elections in New Hampshire, 2014]]''
{{Oppose vote}} King voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social Issues====
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On May 16, 2014, King endorsed two candidates running for [[United States Senate|Senate]] in [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014]]. He endorsed [[Jeanne Shaheen]] (D-NH) over [[Scott Brown]] and [[Susan Collins]] (R-ME) in her re-election bid.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/angus-king-rolls-out-bipartisan-senate-endorsements/ ''Roll Call'', "Angus King Rolls Out Bipartisan Senate Endorsements," accessed May 19, 2014]</ref>
=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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{{Support vote}} King voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Party affiliation===
 
===Party affiliation===
King was an [[Independent]] as governor of Maine, and ran as an [[Independent]] in the 2012 election. He announced he will caucus with the Democrats.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83834.html?hp=l6 ''Politico'' "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012]</ref>
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King was an [[Independent]] as [[Governor of Maine]], and ran as an [[Independent]] in the 2012 election. He caucused with the Democrats in the [[113th Congress]]. King continued to caucus with the Democrats in the [[114th Congress]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83834.html?hp=l6 ''Politico'', "Angus King joins Democrats," accessed November 14, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012]]''
  
King ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Maine]]. King sought the nomination as an Independent.<ref>[http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/20822/Default.aspx ''Maine Public Broadcasting Network'' "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows" Accessed March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/why-angus-king-is-the-most-important-senate-candidate-in-the-country/2012/03/06/gIQANf7DvR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'' "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country" Accessed March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/05/news/state/angus-king-announces-run-for-maines-u-s-senate-seat/?ref=relatedBox ''Bangor Daily News'' "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 13, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[Cynthia Dill]] (D), [[Charles Summers]] (R), [[Andrew Ian Dodge]] (L), [[Danny Francis Dalton]], and [[Stephen Woods]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Maine"]</ref>
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King ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Maine]]. King sought the nomination as an Independent.<ref>[http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/20822/Default.aspx ''Maine Public Broadcasting Network'', "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows," accessed March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/why-angus-king-is-the-most-important-senate-candidate-in-the-country/2012/03/06/gIQANf7DvR_blog.html ''The Washington Post'', "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country," accessed March 13, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/05/news/state/angus-king-announces-run-for-maines-u-s-senate-seat/?ref=relatedBox ''Bangor Daily News'', "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate," accessed March 13, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[Cynthia Dill]] (D), [[Charles Summers]] (R), [[Andrew Ian Dodge]] (L), [[Danny Francis Dalton]] and [[Stephen Woods]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map, Maine," accessed 2012]</ref>
  
 
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====Polls====
 
====Polls====
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|Poll1=[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_senate_elections/maine/election_2012_maine_senate Rasmussen Reports(September 25, 2012)]
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/20/Angus-S-King-Jr Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events King attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00034580&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Angus King," accessed August 2014]</ref>
 
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|totalraised2012=2926581
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Angus_King-2012_donor_breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.]]
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During the 2012 Election Angus King won election to the U.S. Senate, below are his major donors by industry and organization.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00034580&newMem=Y&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Angus King 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 12, 2013]</ref>
During the 2012 Election Angus King won election to the U.S. Senate, below are his major donors by industry and organization.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00034580&newMem=Y&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Angus King 2012 Election Cycle", Accessed February 12, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
 
====Cost per vote====
 
King spent $7.70 per vote received in 2012.
 
King spent $7.70 per vote received in 2012.
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|inddonor4 = $87,700
 
|inddonor5 = $66,450
 
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Angus_King-2012_donor_breakdown.png|thumb|left|375px|Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.]]}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', King's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,342,164 and $26,123,995. That averages to '''$15,733,079.50''', which is higher than the average net worth of Independent senators in 2012 of $8,096,792.50. King ranked as the 13th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034580&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Angus King (I-ME), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2011 and 2012, King's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). King received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Retired'' industry.
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From 2011-2014, '''29.37 percent of King's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00034580&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Angus King," accessed September 18, 2014]</ref>
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===Ideology and leadership===  
 
===Ideology and leadership===  
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', King is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Independent]]" as of June 27, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/angus_king/412545 ''Gov Track'' "FULLNAME," Accessed June 27, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', King was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Independent]]" as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating King received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/angus_king/412545 ''GovTrack'', "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412315_Kurt_King ''OpenCongress,'' "Angus King," Accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412545_Angus_King ''OpenCongress'', "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' King missed 2 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013, which is 2.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/angus_king/412545 ''GovTrack,'' "Angus King" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' King missed 5 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/angus_king/412545 ''GovTrack'', "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
  
==Personal==
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====2013====
King is married to wife Mary Herman, they have five children together.
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King ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
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Angus King
Angus King official portrait.jpg
U.S. Senate, Maine
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PartyIndependent
PredecessorOlympia Snowe (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$2,926,581
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of Maine
1995-2003
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law
Personal
Date of birthMarch 31, 1944
Place of birthAlexandria, Virginia
Net worth(2012) $15,733,079.50
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Angus King (b. March 31, 1944, in Alexandria, VA) is an Independent member of the U.S. Senate from Maine. King was first elected to the Senate in 2012. He is currently serving his first term. He announced he would caucus with the Democrats during the 113th Congress.[1]

King is set to run for re-election in Maine in November of 2018.

Prior to his election to the Senate, King served as Governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, King is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

King was born in Alexandria, VA, and has spent most of his life in Maine. He graduated from the University of Virginia's School of Law in 1969. He has since served as one of just two independent governors in the United States. King is also a Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of King's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Senator from Maine
  • 1995-2003: Governor of Maine
  • 1983: Vice-president of Swift River/Hafslund Company, "an alternative energy development company"
  • 1989: Founder of Northeast Energy Management, Inc., "a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects"
  • 1972: Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics
  • Host and co-producer of “Maine Watch,” a TV show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network
  • After Law School, King became a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan, Maine

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

King serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

2013-2014

King served on the following Senate committees:[5][6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to King's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png King voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in if or when prices were to drop.[11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] King voted in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. King voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. King voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[16]

Pay during government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

King decided to place his earnings in an escrow account "and will only accept it if federal employees who work during the shutdown are also ultimately compensated for their work," a spokesman said. "In the event they are not, Senator King intends to donate his pay to charities in Maine."[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png King voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[9]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png King voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png King voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[9]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Angus King's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, King is a Moderate Liberal Populist. King received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 38 percent on economic issues.[18]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[19]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[18] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Economy

Budget battle

King said of the budget debate on November 10, 2013, “There is a company up here in Maine that has a sign … the sign says, ‘All of us are always smarter than any of us.' There is a lot of validity to that. Nobody has all the right answers. No party has all the right answers.”[20]

Social issues

Winter Olympics

On January 19, 2014, King cited security concerns at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as reason for athletes not to appear at the event in Sochi, Russia.[21][22]

King said: "I would not go, and I don't think I would send my family....It's just such a rich target. It would be a stretch, I think, to say I'd send my family."[21]

King's comments came amid increased concerns from some U.S. officials that Russia did not do enough to combat the possibility of a terrorist attack leading up to the games.[21]

Endorsements

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014 and United States Senate elections in New Hampshire, 2014

On May 16, 2014, King endorsed two candidates running for Senate in 2014. He endorsed Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) over Scott Brown and Susan Collins (R-ME) in her re-election bid.[23]

Party affiliation

King was an Independent as Governor of Maine, and ran as an Independent in the 2012 election. He caucused with the Democrats in the 113th Congress. King continued to caucus with the Democrats in the 114th Congress.[24]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

King ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. King sought the nomination as an Independent.[25][26][27] He defeated Cynthia Dill (D), Charles Summers (R), Andrew Ian Dodge (L), Danny Francis Dalton and Stephen Woods in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28]

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"

Polls

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)
45%33%14%1%7%+/-4.5500
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Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events King attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $2,926,581 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 19, 2013.[29]

Angus King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Maine) Won $2,926,581
Grand Total Raised $2,926,581


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012

During the 2012 Election Angus King won election to the U.S. Senate, below are his major donors by industry and organization.[30]

Cost per vote

King spent $7.70 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, King's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,342,164 and $26,123,995. That averages to $15,733,079.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Independent senators in 2012 of $8,096,792.50. King ranked as the 13th most wealthy senator in 2012.[31] Between 2011 and 2012, King's calculated net worth[32] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[33]

Angus King Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$16,354,668
2012$15,733,079
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-4%[34]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[35]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). King received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2011-2014, 29.37 percent of King's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[36]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Angus King Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,061,203
Total Spent $2,996,515
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$312,436
Lawyers/Law Firms$289,198
Securities & Investment$115,294
Health Professionals$93,250
Real Estate$88,916
% total in top industry10.21%
% total in top two industries19.65%
% total in top five industries29.37%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, King was a "centrist Independent" as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating King received in June 2013.[37]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

King most often votes with:

King least often votes with:

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Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, King missed 5 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

King ranked 43rd in the liberal rankings in 2013.[40]

Recent news

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All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "Angus King joins Democrats," accessed November 14, 2012
  2. Angus King's Official Campaign Website, "About," accessed 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "KING, Angus Stanley, Jr., (1944 - )," accessed February 13, 2015
  4. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments," accessed February 4, 2015
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Angus King Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 On The Issues, "Angus King Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  19. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  20. Politico, "Angus King sees hope in budget battle," accessed November 11, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Politico, "Angus King would skip Olympics," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Washington Times, "Sen. Angus King on security at Russia Olympics: ‘I would not go’," accessed January 20, 2014
  23. Roll Call, "Angus King Rolls Out Bipartisan Senate Endorsements," accessed May 19, 2014
  24. Politico, "Angus King joins Democrats," accessed November 14, 2012
  25. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows," accessed March 13, 2012
  26. The Washington Post, "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country," accessed March 13, 2012
  27. Bangor Daily News, "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate," accessed March 13, 2012
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maine," accessed 2012
  29. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Angus King," accessed August 2014
  30. Open Secrets, "Angus King 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 12, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets, "Angus King (I-ME), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  32. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  33. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  34. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  35. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Sen. Angus King," accessed September 18, 2014
  37. GovTrack, "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014
  38. OpenCongress, "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014
  39. GovTrack, "Angus King," accessed July 22, 2014
  40. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Olympia Snowe (R)
U.S. Senate - Maine
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Governor of Maine
1995-2003
Succeeded by
John E. Baldacci (D)