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Chellie Pingree
Chellie Pingree.jpg
U.S. House, Maine, District 1
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorTom Allen (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,411,005
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maine State Senate
Bachelor'sCollege of the Atlantic
Date of birthApril 2, 1955
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionFarmer, Businesswoman
Net worth$40,462,046.50
ReligionLutheran - ELCA
Office website
Campaign website
Chellie Pingree campaign logo
Rochelle M. "Chellie" Pingree (b. April 2, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maine's 1st Congressional District. Pingree was first elected to the House in 2008 and is currently serving her third consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 28.4%.[1]

Pingree began her political career as a member of the state senate from 1992-2000. In 2002, she lost a bid for the U.S. Senate.

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 on April 2, 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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Pingree's political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pingree serves on the following committees[3][4]:

  • 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[5]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Pingree's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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."[8][9] 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.[8][9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Pingree voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" 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.[10]


Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Pingree voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Pingree joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Pingree voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Pingree voted for HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[10]


  • Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and has sponsored a petition in support of it.[23]
Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Pingree voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Specific votes

Rep. Pingree voted for the stimulus bill.[24] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy.[25]

Pingree also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[26] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[27]

Pingree supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[28] 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.[29]

Finally, Pingree voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[30] 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.[31]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[32]


Maine Arts Commission

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.[33]



See also: Maine's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Pingree is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Maine's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Pingree ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.

Pingree considered a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, but eventually decided to defend her congressional seat instead.[34]

Chellie Pingree, "Small Business"
U.S. House, Maine District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChellie Pingree Incumbent 62.1% 236,363
     Republican Jonathan Courtney 33.7% 128,440
     N/A Blank Votes 4.2% 15,912
Total Votes 380,715
Source: Maine Secretary of State "Tabulations for Elections held in 2012"

Race Background

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.[35]


Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney
Poll Chellie Pingree Jon CourtneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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Full history

Campaign donors

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.[38]

Chellie Pingree's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Maine, District 1) Won $1,024,607
2010 US House (Maine, District 1) Won $1,282,675
2008 US House (Maine, District 1) Won $2,236,646
2002 US Senate (Maine) Defeated $3,867,077
Grand Total Raised $8,411,005


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pingree's reports.[39]

Chellie Pingree (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 12,2013$161,420.58$8,877.98$(14,899.18)$155,399
July Quarterly[41]July 7, 2013$155,399.38$50,367.87$(17,062.87)$188,704.38
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$188,704.38$45,134.31$(26,521.15)$207,317.54
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$207,317$66,649$(26,881)$247,085
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$247,085$66,021$(30,921)$282,185
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$293,076$40,547$(20,106)$313,519
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Pingree's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[46]

Cost per vote

Pingree spent $5.46 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Pingree's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[47]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking'

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pingree is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 10, 2013.[48]

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.[49]

Pingree most often votes with:

Pingree least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Pingree missed 110 of 3,350 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 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.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pingree's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $34,418,068 and $46,506,025. That averages to $40,462,046.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pingree ranked as the 15th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Chellie Pingree Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 in the previous year.


Pingree ranked 29th in the liberal ratings in 2012. This was the most liberal ranking held by a representative of Maine in 2012.[53]


Pingree ranked 53rd in the liberal ratings in 2011. This ranking was the most liberal possessed by Maine's representatives in 2011.[54]

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.[55]

November 2011

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.[56]


Pingree married S. Donald Lussman in June 2011. She has three grown children from a previous marriage and lives in North Haven, ME.[57]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maine"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Chellie Pingree" accessed November 21, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" accessed November 21, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Votesmart, "Chellie Pingree Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
  24. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  25. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  26. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  27. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  28. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  29. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  30. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  31. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  32. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  33. Maine Heritage Policy Center, 2012 Maine Piglet Book, October 31, 2012, p. 25
  34. Governing, "Maine Rep. Pingree Decides Against Senate Bid" accessed March 8, 2012
  35. Campaign website
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jo Bonner," accessed May 16, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Chellie Pingree 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 12, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed November 21, 2011
  48. Gov Track, "Pingree" accessed June 10, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Chellie Pingree," accessed August 5, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Chellie Pingree," accessed April 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Chellie Pingree"
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree (D-ME), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 10, 2013
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  57. The Portland Press Herald, "Pingree, Sussman Wed," accessed November 21, 2011
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Preceded by
Tom Allen
U.S. House of Representatives - Maine District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Maine State Senate
Succeeded by