Difference between revisions of "Chellie Pingree"
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|U.S. House, Maine, District 1|
|January 3, 2009-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Predecessor||Tom Allen (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$5.46 in 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Maine State Senate|
|Bachelor's||College of the Atlantic|
|Birthday||April 2, 1955|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Religion||Lutheran - ELCA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Controversies
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pingree is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.
Pingree was born in 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. from the College of the Atlantic in 1979 after having previously attended the University of Southern Maine in 1983. Prior to her political career, Pingree worked as a farmer and businesswoman in North Haven, Maine.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Pingree's political career:
- Maine State Senate, 1992-2000 Majority Leader, 1996-2000
- Unsuccessful Candidate for U.S. Senate, 2002
- U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st congressional district, 2009-Present
Pingree serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Pingree served on the following House committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Military Personnel
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Force Projection
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Pingree's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements." The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Pingree was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Pingree voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Pingree voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Pingree voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Pingree voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Pingree voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
- Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and has sponsored a petition in support of it. 
Health Care Reform Rules
Pingree voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Pingree voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Pingree voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
Previous congressional sessions
Pingree supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Pingree voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.
Pingree voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Maine Arts Commission
Congresswoman Pingree's daughter, Cecily Pingree, was awarded a 2012 fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission worth $13,000. The Maine Heritage Policy Center suggested that Cecily's relationship to Chellie and to Chellie's older daughter, former Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree may have influenced Cecily's selection for the merit-based award.
Pingree ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maine's 1st District. Pingree won re-election on the Democratic ticket. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Candidates Jonathan Courtney and Patrick Calder ran in the Republican primary. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was March 15, 2012. The primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.
Chellie Pingree, "Small Business"
|U.S. House, Maine District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Chellie Pingree Incumbent||62.1%||236,363|
|Source: Maine Secretary of State "Tabulations for Elections held in 2012"|
Pingree is an incumbent in 1st congressional district of Maine. The challenger, Jonathan Courtney, was a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. He also was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.
|Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney|
|Poll||Chellie Pingree||Jon Courtney||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|(September 15-17, 2012)||60.1%||32%||7.8%||+/-3.35||444|
|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 Pingree is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pingree raised a total of $8,411,005 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Chellie Pingree's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Maine, District 1)||$1,024,607|
|2010||US House (Maine, District 1)||$1,282,675|
|2008||US House (Maine, District 1)||$2,236,646|
|2002||US Senate (Maine)||$3,867,077|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,411,005|
|Chellie Pingree (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 12,2013||$161,420.58||$8,877.98||$(14,899.18)||$155,399|
|July Quarterly||July 7,2013||$155,399.38||$50,367.87||$(17,062.87)||$188,704.38|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$188,704.38||$45,134.31||$(26,521.15)||$207,317.54|
Pingree won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Pingree's campaign committee raised a total of $1,024,608 and spent $881,242.
Cost per vote
Pingree spent $5.46 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - Chellie Pingree Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$128,951|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$128,951|
|Top contributors to Chellie Pingree's campaign committee|
|Tishman Realty & Construction||$12,500|
|Fried, Frank, Harris||$10,000|
|Guggenheim Asher Assoc||$10,000|
|Hewlett Bay Assoc||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$64,150|
|Building Trade Unions||$37,500|
Pingree won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Pingree's campaign committee raised a total of $1,282,675 and spent $1,290,022.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Chellie Pingree Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$491,374|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$491,374|
|Top contributors to Chellie Pingree's campaign committee|
|Tishman Realty & Construction||$14,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$123,900|
|Public Sector Unions||$40,500|
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.
Pingree most often votes with:
Pingree least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Pingree missed 110 of 3,350 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013, which is 3.3% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pingree paid her congressional staff a total of $989,911 in 2011. She ranked 68th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 182nd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maine ranked 3rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pingree's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $23,747,064 and $153,340,997. This averages to $88,544,030, which is an 11,705.87% increase since 2010. This is higher than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pingree's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $500,001 and $1,000,000. That averages to $750,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Chellie Pingree was ranked the 29th most liberal representative during 2012. This was the most liberal ranking held by a representative of Maine in 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Chellie Pingree was ranked the 53rd most liberal representative during 2011. This ranking was the most liberal possessed by Maine's representatives in 2011.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Pingree has voted with the Democratic party 95.6% of the time. This ranked 48 among the 201 Senate Democrats as of June 2013.
Chellie Pingree voted with the Democratic Party 92.6% of the time, which ranked 97 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Chellie + Pingree + Maine + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Pingree married S. Donald Lussman in June 2011. She has three grown children from a previous marriage and lives in North Haven, ME.
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- Media coverage:
- Column archive at The Huffington Post
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maine"
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Chellie Pingree" Accessed November 21, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Chellie Pingree Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Maine Heritage Policy Center, 2012 Maine Piglet Book, October 31, 2012, p. 25
- Governing, "Maine Rep. Pingree Decides Against Senate Bid" Accessed March 8, 2012
- Campaign website
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jo Bonner," Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 12, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 21, 2011
- Gov Track, "Pingree" Accessed June 10, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Chellie Pingree," Accessed August 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "Chellie Pingree," Accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm, "Chellie Pingree"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," Accessed June 10, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- The Portland Press Herald, "Pingree, Sussman Wed," Accessed November 21, 2011
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