John E. Baldacci

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John Baldacci

From [[1]], the free encyclopedia 6/7/07

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||||= **[[2]]** || ||||= **Assumed office** [8], [[3]] || ||~ [[4]] || none || ||~ Preceded by || [King] || ||~ Succeeded by || Incumbent || |||| ---- || || ||~ Born || [30], [[5]] (1955-01-30) (age 52) [Maine] || ||~ Political party || [[6]] || ||~ Spouse || Karen Baldacci || ||~ Profession || [[7]] || ||~ Religion || [Catholic] ||

    • John Elias Baldacci** (born [30], [[8]]) is the current Governor of the U.S. State of Maine. A [[9]], he was born in [Maine], one of eight siblings in a family of Italian-Lebanese origin.

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#Political_career

Political career

Baldacci was first elected to public office in [[10]] at the age of 23, when he served on the Bangor City Council. He continued in politics, winning election to the [Senate] in [[11]]. Baldacci served as a State Senator for 12 years. In [[12]], following the retirement of his cousin, United States Senator [J. Mitchell], Baldacci won election to the [House of Representatives] from Maine's Second District, replacing Senator (then Representative) [Snowe], who had moved on to Mitchell's open Senate seat. He was reelected to Congress in the elections of 1996, 1998, and 2000, serving on the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. #Election_as_Governor

Election as Governor

A [[13]], Baldacci was first elected in 2002, defeating [[14]] candidate [Cianchette], who garnered 41% of the vote, and [Party] nominee [Carter], who won 9%. Baldacci was sworn in as Maine's Governor on [8], [[15]]. In 2006, Baldacci won re-election from a field of 4 major candidates. As Governor, he is a member of the [Governors Association] and the [Governors Association]. #First_term

First term

After being elected, Baldacci attempted to fill a $1.2 billion [[16]]. This was done through [[17]] cuts and fee increases. Baldacci refused to raise broad based [[18]], honoring a campaign [[19]]. Baldacci also established a controversial state funded [care] program known as [Health]. The program offers subsidized health care to individuals and Maine [[20]] with fewer than 50 employees. Individuals in the system enjoy unlimited [care]. The program is funded by taxes levied on health insurance companies. This tax is controversial, with critics claiming that it raises health care costs and drives insurers out of the state. Proponents claim that the preventive care eventually lowers health care costs. Thus far, Dirigo not been widely successful and has endured political and public setbacks. The Baldacci administration maintains the program can be fixed if more taxpayer money is invested into it. Regardless of the future of Dirigo, its reputation will remain contentious. In 2005, Baldacci introduced [[21]] to expand Maine's [rights] law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. This legislation in Maine had been defeated via referendum by voters two times before. The law passed, but opponents of the law initiated a referendum to overturn the law. Voters upheld the new law. Baldacci is a supporter of [[22]], a sometimes contentious policy of merging local-government services to save money on administrative costs. While Baldacci has had some success with regionalizing local government, it has often come under fire from rural lawmakers who view the process as weakening their communities. [[1]] #2006_Election

2006 Election

//Main article: [gubernatorial election, 2006]// Baldacci ran for reelection in 2006, facing opposition from Republican [Woodcock], Independents [Merrill] and Phillip Napier, and Green Independent Party candidate [LaMarche]. Democratic-leaning voters had a wide array of choices. Merrill, who was elected to her state house seat as a Democrat, Woodcock, and LaMarche received money from Maine's [Elections] law. Merrill and LaMarche were generally seen as taking votes from Baldacci, while Woodcock's socially conservative position prompted many longtime Republicans to throw their votes to Baldacci, Merrill, or LaMarche. Baldacci won the election with 38% of the vote. Woodcock placed second with 30%. Merrill received a surprising 21%, narrowly defeating Baldacci among unenrolled voters. LaMarche finished with 10%, enough to maintain ballot access for the Green Party. #Second_Term

Second Term

Governor Baldacci was inaugurated on [3], [[23]] in Augusta, Maine. During his inaugural speech, Baldacci reaffirmed his controversial goal to combine Maine's 152 school districts into only 26. Shortly after beginning his second term, he proposed consolidating Maine's 152 school districts into 26. Many Maine teachers and administrators oppose the move.[[//citation needed//]] Baldacci claims that the proposal will reduce bureaucratic redundancy and make more money available for classrooms. Critics contend it reduces local control. Debate over the proposal continues, with the Legislature inititally appearing to favor a compromise proposal that would reduce the number of districts, but not as radically as proposed by Baldacci, and with exceptions for island schools. Baldacci has also proposed a controversial cigarette tax of an additional $1.50 per pack, which would bring Maine's tax to the highest cigarette tax in the nation at $3.50 in tax per pack. His current term will end in January of 2011. #Personal

Personal

Born in [Maine], he grew up with seven siblings, in a Lebanese-Italian family. As a youngster, he worked in the family business, Momma Baldacci's restaurant in Bangor. A graduate of Bangor High School, he received a B. S. degree in history from the [of Maine] at [[24]]. Following his father's example, a Bangor City Councilor, he entered public service as the youngest member of that Council at the age of 23 in 1978. He is a [Catholic]. He lives with his wife Karen and son Jack in the [House] in [[25]]. Baldacci is first cousin to former [States Senate] majority leader [J. Mitchell] and to famed author [Baldacci]. Karen heads up [Reads], a nonprofit umbrella organization for [With ME], privately funded by [[26]]. He holds a technician class [radio license] with [sign] KB1NXP.

Mailing Address

Office of the Governor#1 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333-0001 Phone207-287-3531207-287-6548 (TTY) Fax207-287-1034#Electoral_History

Electoral History

||||||||||||~ Maine Gubernatorial Election 2002 || ||||~ Party ||~ Candidate ||~ Votes ||~ % ||~ ±% || ||~ || [[27]] || John Baldacci ||> 233,543 ||> 47.2 ||> || ||~ || [[28]] || [Cianchette] ||> 205,335 ||> 41.5 ||> || ||||||||||||~ Maine Gubernatorial Election 2006 || ||||~ Party ||~ Candidate ||~ Votes ||~ % ||~ ±% || ||~ || [[29]] || John Baldacci (Incumbent) ||> 206,991 ||> 38.0 ||> -9.2 || ||~ || [[30]] || [Woodcock] ||> 164,861 ||> 30.3 ||> || ||~ || [[31]] || [Merrill] ||> 117,111 ||> 21.5 ||> || ||~ || [[32]] || [LaMarche] ||> 52,150 ||> 9.6 ||> || #External_links

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