|U.S. House, Maine, District 2|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Mike Michaud (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Phillips Academy|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University (1976)|
|Place of birth||Waterville, Maine|
Poliquin was born in Waterville, Maine, and attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1976.
After college, Poliquin worked as a businessman in Chicago and New York City. Throughout his professional career, he started and managed multiple businesses, including an investment company that "managed $5 billion of worker pension funds."
Below is an abbreviated outline of Poliquin's academic, professional and political career:
- 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Maine's 2nd Congressional District
- 2010-2012: State Treasurer of Maine
- 1976: Graduated from Harvard University with an A.B.
Poliquin serves on the following committees:
Poliquin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Economy and Jobs
- Excerpt: "As your next 2nd District Congressman, I’ll use my 35 years of experience owning and managing businesses and creating jobs to help build a more competitive Maine and America. I’ll use my record as Maine State Treasurer to push for fiscal discipline by ending wasteful government overspending and surging debt that are smothering our economy and killing jobs."
- Spending and Debt
- Excerpt: "Big government overspending, high debt, and rising interest rates hurt our hard-working families in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and across America. They drive up taxes and kill jobs. Big government programs entrap our families in dependency and poverty."
- Improving Healthcare
- Excerpt: "In Congress, I’ll fight the special interests and lobbyists to end the expensive, intrusive, and unfair government take-over of our health care. I’ll work tirelessly for a free market solution to help our 2nd District families buy affordable health insurance that fits their needs while providing sensible coverage for the most vulnerable fellow Americans."
- Fixing Welfare
- Excerpt: "Many truly disadvantaged fellow Americans will always need help. Government should compassionately save and strengthen our welfare programs for those individuals and families. While in Congress, I’ll fight for Washington to fund welfare block grants to Maine so that we can best care for our most at-risk families without misguided federal mandates. Maine’s unfair and unaffordable welfare system must be fixed."
- Foreign Policy
- Excerpt: "Our foreign policy must support a strong national defense. That process should include a clear understanding when Congress, and only Congress, will commit our brave sons and daughters in uniform to military conflict. I believe that should only be when there is an imminent threat to our homeland. As your next Congressman, I will not vote to get involved in the bloody and unpredictable Syrian civil war that poses no direct threat to our homeland or citizens abroad."
- Excerpt: "In Congress, I’ll support common sense immigration based on the rule of law, border security, economic growth, personal responsibility, and self-reliance — not government dependency. America works best when we all contribute to our combined success and freedom."
- Excerpt: "I have lived and share the educational values of our 2nd District families. I will carry this experience to Washington and fight for local control, student and teacher performance standards, learning excellence, and school choice."
Poliquin ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Maine's 2nd District. He defeated Kevin Raye in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Maine District 2 General Election, 2014|
|Source: Maine Secretary of State Official Results|
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Poliquin to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."
|U.S. House, Maine District 2 Republican Primary, 2014|
|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary|
|Paul LePage (R)||37.9%|
|Leslie B. Otten (R)||17.3%|
|S. Peter Mills (R)||14.4%|
|Steven W. Abbott (R)||12.8%|
|Bill Beardsley (R)||9.7%|
|Bruce Poliquin (R)||5.0%|
|Matthew C. Jacobson (R)||3.0%|
|Bruce Poliquin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$1,378.23||$0.00||$(196.97)||$1,181.26|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$1,181.26||$0.00||$(0.00)||$1,181.26|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0.00||$223,123.12||$(1,806.86)||$221,316.26|
|Year End||January 31, 2014||$221,316||$147,806||$(69,006)||$300,116|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$300,116||$121,780||$(80,996)||$340,900|
- Maine State Treasurer
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign website
- Facebook page
- Twitter account
- YouTube Account
- Bangor Daily News, "Sangerville veteran files paperwork to run for Congress as Democrat in Maine’s 2nd District," accessed August 19, 2013
- Online Sentinel, "Poliquin will seek to follow Michaud," accessed August 27, 2013
- Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
- Associated Press, "June 10 Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- Bruce for Senate, "Biography," accessed November 14, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Bruce Poliquin," accessed January 26, 2015
- Poliquin for Congress, "Meet Bruce," accessed February 4, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
- Bruce Poliquin for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Maine Elected Officials and Leaders," February 6, 2012
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar,’" accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
- WCSH6, "Voice of the Voter, Maine Primary Results," June 8, 2010
- Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Poliquin 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
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Mike Michaud (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Maine District 2
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|Maine State Treasurer
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