Angus King

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Angus King
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U.S. Senate, Maine
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorOlympia Snowe (R)
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
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law
Date of birthMarch 31, 1944
Place of birthAlexandria, Virginia
Net worth$16,023,078
Office website
Campaign website
Angus King (b. March 31, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an Independent member of the 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.[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 1995-2003.

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.


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]


  • After Law School, King became a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan, Maine
  • In 1972, he became 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
  • Vice-president of Swift River/Hafslund Company, "an alternative energy development company" (1983)
  • Founder of Northeast Energy Management, Inc., "a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects" (1989)
  • Governor of Maine 1995-2003

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


King serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

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."[4]

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.[5]

Climate change and lobsters

On September 18, 2013, King became involved in the climate change debate when he made a speech on the Senate floor regarding changes in water temperature and the migration of lobsters to colder waters because of the changes.[6]

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.[6]

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.”[6]

“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.”[6]



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.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

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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Campaign donors

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.[11]

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


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

During the 2012 Election Angus King won election to the U.S. Senate, below are his major donors by industry and organization.[12]

Cost per vote

King spent $7.70 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, King is a "centrist Independent" as of June 27, 2013.[13]

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.[14]

King most often votes with:

King least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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 Jan 2013 to Apr 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.[15]


King is married to wife Mary Herman, they have five children together.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Olympia Snowe (R)
U.S. Senate - Maine
Succeeded by