Charles Summers Jr.
|Charles Summers Jr.|
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|Maine Secretary of State|
|2010 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
- Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
In addition to his career as a civilian, Summers also serves as a public affairs officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He was first recalled back to active duty in March 2007 by the United States Navy and was deployed to Iraq four months later attached to Multi National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) Strategic Effects Directorate. His deployment ended in May 2008, but he was once again recalled in September 2010, this time serving as a public affairs officer in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Summer's first entry into state politics came in 1990 when he successfully campaigned to represent the thirty-first senate district in the State Legislature. During his first two years in office, he served as a member of the Legal Affairs and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Joint Standing Committee. Upon winning re-election in 1992, Summers was named as a ranking member of the Taxation Joint Standing Committee. In 1994, he chose to campaign for the United States House of Representatives seat for the 1st House District; he ultimately lost in the Republican primary, placing second with twenty-five percent of the vote. He would campaign for the same seat two more times - in 2004 and 2008. After his primary defeat, Summers began his tenure as State Director for Republican United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe, a position he maintained for nine years. From March 2005 until June 2007, he was New England Regional Administrator (Region I) for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), a role in which he was responsible for oversight of SBA District Offices in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in addition to the agency's financing, marketing and outreach efforts in the six-state region.
|1994 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary |
|Republican Party||James B. Longley, Jr.||42.8%|
|Republican Party||Charles Summers, Jr.||25.0%|
|Republican Party||Kevin Keogh||18.1%|
|Republican Party||Theodore T. Rand||14.1%|
- Charles Summers, Jr. ran unopposed in this contest
|2004 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election |
|Democratic Party||Thomas H. Allen||62.1%|
|Republican Party||Charles Summers, Jr.||37.9%|
|2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary |
|Republican Party||Charles Summers, Jr.||59.8%|
|Republican Party||C. Peter Scontras||40.2%|
|2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election |
|Democratic Party||Chellie Pingree||54.9%|
|Republican Party||Charles Summers, Jr.||45.1%|
Summers currently resides in Maine with his wife, Ruth. The couple has had three children together - Patricia, Charles, and Thomas.
Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Office of the Secretary
Charles Summers, Secretary of State
148 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0148
Phone: (207) 626-8400
Fax: (207) 287-8598
- Star Courier "Summers named Maine’s secretary of state" 1 Dec. 2010
- Maine Secretary of State - 1994 Republican Primary Election Results
- Maine Secretary of State - 2004 Republican Primary Election Results
- Maine Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
- Maine Secretary of State - 2008 Republican Primary Election Results
- Maine Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
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