|U.S. Senate, Maine|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Olympia Snowe (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 2018|
|Governor of Maine|
|J.D.||University of Virginia School of Law|
|Birthday||March 31, 1944|
|Place of birth||Alexandria, Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
- 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
King serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Subcommittee on Personnel
- United States Senate Committee on Budget
- United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)
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."
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
King ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. King sought the nomination as an Independent. 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.
|U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||Andrew Ian Dodge||0.8%||5,624|
|Independent||Danny Francis Dalton||0.8%||5,807|
|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 Dill||Neither||Don't know||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Rasmussen Reports(September 25, 2012)||45%||33%||14%||1%||7%||+/-4.5||500|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
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.
|Angus King's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. Senate (Maine)||$2,926,581|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,926,581|
During the 2012 Election Angus King won election to the U.S. Senate, below are his major donors by industry and organization.
Cost per vote
King spent $7.70 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - Angus King Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,233,121|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,225,034|
|Top contributors to Angus King's campaign committee|
|Council for a Livable World||$17,317|
|Pierce Atwood LLP||$16,369|
|Patton Boggs LLP||$16,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$90,294|
Ideology and leadership
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.
King most often votes with:
King least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
King is married to wife Mary Herman, they have five children together.
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- Politico "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012
- Angus King's Official Campaign Website
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
- Politico "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012
- Bangor Daily News, "King’s climate change speech in Congress ponders disaster for Maine lobster industry," accessed September 19, 2013
- Maine Public Broadcasting Network "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows" Accessed March 13, 2012
- The Washington Post "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country" Accessed March 13, 2012
- Bangor Daily News "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 13, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Angus King" March 2013
- Open Secrets "Angus King 2012 Election Cycle", Accessed February 12, 2013
- Gov Track "FULLNAME," Accessed June 27, 2013
- [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412315_Kurt_King OpenCongress, "Angus King," Accessed August 8, 2013]
- GovTrack, "Angus King" Accessed April 2013
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