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Bruce Poliquin

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Bruce Poliquin
Bruce Poliquin official congressional photo.jpeg
U.S. House, Maine, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMike Michaud (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maine Treasurer
2010-2012
Education
High schoolPhillips Academy
Bachelor'sHarvard University (1976)
Personal
Place of birthWaterville, Maine
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bruce Poliquin is a Republican member to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Maine.[1][2] He defeated Emily Cain (D) and Blaine Richardson (I) in the general election.[3] He defeated Kevin Raye in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[4]

He previously was the Treasurer of Maine. Poliquin was first elected in 2010 and served until 2012.[5]

Biography

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.[6]

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."[7]

Poliquin returned to Maine in 1989 and served as the state treasurer from 2010 to 2012.[7][6] In his spare time, Poliquin spent 17 seasons as a volunteer baseball and softball coach.[7]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Poliquin's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Poliquin serves on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Poliquin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[9]

  • 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."
  • Immigration
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."
  • Education
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."

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bruce Poliquin endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Poliquin ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Maine's 2nd District.[2] He defeated Kevin Raye in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Maine District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Emily Cain 40.2% 118,568
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Poliquin 45.2% 133,320
     Independent Blaine Richardson 10.6% 31,337
     Other Other 0.1% 248
     Blank None 3.9% 11,536
Total Votes 295,009
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."[11][12]

U.S. House, Maine District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Poliquin 56.8% 19,736
Kevin Raye 43.2% 14,987
Total Votes 34,723
Source: Maine.gov

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Poliquin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. He was defeated by Charles Summers in the Republican primary.

2010

Peloquin ran for Governor of Maine in 2010, but lost in the Republican primary.

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpgPaul 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%
Total votes 131,060

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poliquin's reports.[14]

Personal

Poliquin lives in Georgetown, Maine, with his son, Sam.[20]

See also

External links

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References

  1. Bangor Daily News, "Sangerville veteran files paperwork to run for Congress as Democrat in Maine’s 2nd District," accessed August 19, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Online Sentinel, "Poliquin will seek to follow Michaud," accessed August 27, 2013
  3. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "June 10 Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  5. Bruce for Senate, "Biography," accessed November 14, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Bruce Poliquin," accessed January 26, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Poliquin for Congress, "Meet Bruce," accessed February 4, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  9. Bruce Poliquin for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
  10. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Additional Maine Elected Officials and Leaders," February 6, 2012
  11. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar,’" accessed November 21, 2013
  12. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  13. WCSH6, "Voice of the Voter, Maine Primary Results," June 8, 2010
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Poliquin 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 11, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bio
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Michaud (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Maine District 2
2015–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Maine State Treasurer
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Neria Douglass