Chellie Pingree

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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, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maine State Senate
Bachelor'sCollege of the Atlantic
Date of birthApril 2, 1955
Place of birthMinneapolis, Minnesota
ProfessionFarmer, Businesswoman
ReligionLutheran - ELCA
Office website
Campaign website
Chellie Pingree campaign logo
Rochelle M. "Chellie" Pingree (b. April 2, 1955) 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. Pingree ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pingree is a "moderate Democratic follower".[1]

Pingree won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Pingree's political career[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Pingree serves on the following House committees:[4]

Agriculture Committee

    • 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. [5]

Specific Votes

Rep. Pingree voted for the stimulus bill.[6] 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. [7]

Pingree also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]

Pingree supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] 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.[11]

Finally, Pingree voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[12] 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.[13]



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. [14]

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, is a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. He also was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.[15]


The following is a TV ad from Pingree's successful 2010 campaign. It is featured on her 2012 campaign website.[16]

Chellie Pingree, "Small Business"[17]


Chellie Pingree vs. Jon Courtney
Poll Chellie Pingree Jon CourtneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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On November 2, 2010, Pingree won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Dean Peter Scontras (R) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChellie Pingree Incumbent 56.8% 169,114
     Republican Dean Peter Scontras 43.2% 128,501
     Independent Write-In 0% 42
Total Votes 297,657

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Pingree's reports.[19]

Chellie Pingree Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2012$137,415.70$111,147.31$(74,911.88)$173,651.13
Pre-Primary[21]May 31, 2012$173,651.13$86,308.02$(49,800.75)$210,158.40
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2012$210,158.40$166,806.44$(27,513.95)$349,450.89
Running totals


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.[23]


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 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.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives,

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[25]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

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.[26]

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.[27]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Pingree" Accessed May 14, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Chellie Pingree" Accessed November 21, 2011
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
  5. Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
  6. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  7. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  8. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  9. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  10. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  11. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  13. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  14. Governing "Maine Rep. Pingree Decides Against Senate Bid" Accessed March 8, 2012
  15. Campaign website
  16. Chellie Pingree's Official Campaign Website
  17. YouTube channel
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 21, 2011
  19. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Summary Report," Accessed September 26, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree April Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree Pre-Primary," Accessed September 26, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "Chellie Pingree July Quarterly," Accessed September 26, 2012
  23. Open Secrets "Chellie Pingree 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 21, 2011
  24. LegiStorm "Chellie Pingree"
  25., "Pingree, (D-Maine), 2010"
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  27. 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