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*Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and is sponsoring a petition in support of it. <ref>[http://www.chelliepingree.com/journal/entry/dont-cancel-our-health-insurance/ Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website]</ref>
*Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and is sponsoring a petition in support of it. <ref>[http://www.chelliepingree.com/journal/entry/dont-cancel-our-health-insurance/ Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website]</ref>
===American response in Syria===
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===Specific votes===
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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 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$88,544,030
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 recently won re-election on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 28.4%.[1]

Pingree began her political career as a Maine state senator 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 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.[2]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pingree serves on the following committees[3]:

  • 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[4]:


  • Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and is sponsoring a petition in support of it. [5]

American response 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."[6][7] 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.[6][7]

Specific votes

Rep. Pingree voted for the stimulus bill.[8] 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. [9]

Pingree also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[10] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[11]

Pingree supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[12] 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.[13]

Finally, Pingree voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]


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.[17]



See also: Maine's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

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.

Pingree considered a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, but eventually decided to defend her congressional seat instead. [18]

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.[19]


Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney
Poll Chellie Pingree Jon CourtneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

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.[22]

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.[23]

Chellie Pingree (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 12,2013$161,420.58$8,877.98$(14,899.18)$155,399
July Quarterly[25]July 7,2013$155,399.38$50,367.87$(17,062.87)$188,704.38
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.[26]

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.[27]


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.[28]

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.[29]

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 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. [30]

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.[31]

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 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.[32]


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.[33]

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.[34]


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.[35]

Percentage 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.[36]

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.[37]

Recent news

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Pingree married S. Donald Lussman in June 2011. She has three grown children from a previous marriage and lives in North Haven, ME.[38]

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"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
  5. Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
  6. 6.0 6.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  9. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  10. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  11. Rasmussen, "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  12. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  13. Rasmussen, "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  14. US House Clerk, "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  15. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  16. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Maine Heritage Policy Center, 2012 Maine Piglet Book, October 31, 2012, p. 25
  18. Governing, "Maine Rep. Pingree Decides Against Senate Bid" Accessed March 8, 2012
  19. Campaign website
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jo Bonner," Accessed May 16, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 12, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Chellie Pingree 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 21, 2011
  28. Gov Track, "Pingree" Accessed June 10, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Chellie Pingree," Accessed August 5, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Chellie Pingree," Accessed April 2013
  31. LegiStorm, "Chellie Pingree"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2010"
  34. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," Accessed June 10, 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  38. The Portland Press Herald, "Pingree, Sussman Wed," Accessed November 21, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Allen
U.S. House of Representatives - Maine District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Maine State Senate
Succeeded by