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]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] 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.[5]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]


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."[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

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.”[8]

“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.”[8]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" King voted for the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[6] 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.[6]

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.

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.

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.

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.


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" 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.[6]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

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.[9]



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.[10][11][12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]


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

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  1. Politico "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012
  2. Angus King's Official Campaign Website
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Project Votesmart, "Angus King Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Bangor Daily News, "King’s climate change speech in Congress ponders disaster for Maine lobster industry," accessed September 19, 2013
  9. Politico "Angus King joins Democrats" Accessed November 14, 2012
  10. Maine Public Broadcasting Network "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows" Accessed March 13, 2012
  11. The Washington Post "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country" Accessed March 13, 2012
  12. Bangor Daily News "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 13, 2012
  13. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Angus King" March 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Angus King 2012 Election Cycle", Accessed February 12, 2013
  16. Gov Track "FULLNAME," Accessed June 27, 2013
  17. [ OpenCongress, "Angus King," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  18. GovTrack, "Angus King" Accessed April 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Olympia Snowe (R)
U.S. Senate - Maine
Succeeded by