|U.S. House, Maine, District 1|
|January 3, 2009-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Maine State Senate|
|Bachelor's||College of the Atlantic|
|Date of birth||April 2, 1955|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Religion||Lutheran - ELCA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Pingree won re-election on November 6, 2012.
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
U.S. House of Representatives
Pingree serves on the following House committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Military Personnel
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Force Projection
- Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
- Pingree has voiced strong support for the Affordable Care Act and is sponsoring a petition in support of it. 
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 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.
|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, is a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. He also was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.
The following is a TV ad from Pingree's successful 2010 campaign. It is featured on her 2012 campaign website.
Chellie Pingree, "Small Business"
|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|
|Chellie Pingree Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$137,415.70||$111,147.31||$(74,911.88)||$173,651.13|
|Pre-Primary||May 31, 2012||$173,651.13||$86,308.02||$(49,800.75)||$210,158.40|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$210,158.40||$166,806.44||$(27,513.95)||$349,450.89|
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|
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 ranks 68th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 182nd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Maine ranks 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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Percentage voting with party
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.
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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.
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- Media coverage:
- Column archive at The Huffington Post
- Gov Track "Pingree" Accessed May 14, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Chellie Pingree" Accessed November 21, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
- 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
- Governing "Maine Rep. Pingree Decides Against Senate Bid" Accessed March 8, 2012
- Campaign website
- Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
- YouTube channel
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 21, 2011
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Summary Report," Accessed September 26, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Pre-Primary," Accessed September 26, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
- Open Secrets "Chellie Pingree 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 21, 2011
- LegiStorm "Chellie Pingree"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- The Portland Press Herald "Pingree, Sussman Wed," Accessed November 21, 2011
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