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Mike Michaud
Michael Michaud.jpg
U.S. House, Maine, District 2
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maine State Senate
Maine State House of Representatives
High schoolSchenck High School, East Millinocket, Maine
Date of birthJanuary 18, 1955
Place of birthMedway, Maine
ProfessionMill Worker
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Michaud campaign logo
Michael Herman "Mike" Michaud (b. January 18, 1955) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maine's 2nd congressional district. Michaud was first elected to the House in 2002. Michaud initially expressed interest in running for Senate after Olympia Snowe announced her decision not to run in 2012. However, shortly afterwards he made it clear that he would not run in 2012 for Senate.[1]

Michaud is running for re-election in 2012 and ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Michaud is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Michaud won re-election on November 6, 2012.[3]


Michaud was born in 1955 in Medway, Maine and graduated from Schneck High School in East Millnocket, Maine. Prior to his political career, Michaud worked in a paper mill.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Michaud's political career[4]:

  • Maine State House of Representatives, 1980-1994
  • Maine State Senate, 1994-2002 President, 2001
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Maine, 2003-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Michaud serves on the following House committees[5]:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

Veterans' Affairs Committee

    • Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs


Specific Votes

Rep. Michaud supported the auto bailout.[6] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[7]

In addition, Rep. Michaud 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]

Michaud 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]

Michaud 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, Michaud 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]



See also: Maine's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Michaud ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maine's 2nd District. Michaud won re-election on the Democratic ticket. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Candidates Kevin Raye and Blaine Richardson 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.

Race Background

Incumbent Mike Michaud first defeated Kevin Raye in the 2002 election for Maine's 2nd congressional district. He won by only four percent of the vote. Since then, Raye has served as a state senator for eight years, during which he was the senate president for two years. Michaud admits that this makes his opponent more competitive, but cites his own eight year incumbency in the 2nd district's house seat as giving him the edge.[16]


Michaud's TV campaign ad, titled "Veterans VA," aired on September 18, 2012.

Mike Michaud, "Michaud for Congress - Veterans VA"[17]


Mike Michaud vs. Kevin Raye
Poll Mike Michaud Kevin RayeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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On November 2, 2010, Michaud won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jason J. Levesque (R) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maine's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Michaud Incumbent 55.1% 147,042
     Republican Jason J. Levesque 44.9% 119,669
Total Votes 266,711

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Mike Michaud's reports.

Mike Michaud (2012)[19] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]March 31, 2012$381,519.80$200,412.60$(84,534.38)$497,398.02
Pre-Primary[21]May 31, 2012$49,398.00$95,208.11$(49,180.54)$322,523.97
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2012$543,425.57$109,489.33$(18,257.01)$634,657.89
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2012$634,657.89$217,066.79$(230,851.20)$620,873.48
Pre-General[24]October 25, 2012$620,873.48$35,624.73$(333,974.24)$0
Running totals


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

Michaud won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Michaud's campaign committee raised a total of $1,044,372 and spent $1,244,848.[25]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Michaud paid his congressional staff a total of $1,091,794 in 2011. He ranks 56th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 75th 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.[26]

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, Michaud's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $253,022 and $795,000. That averages to $524,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[27]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Mike Michaud voted with the Democratic Party 86.8% of the time, which ranked 163 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[28]


Michaud lives in East Millnocket, Maine, where he also attended high school.[29]

External links


  1. Governing "2 Maine Pols Bow Out of Race for Snowe's U.S. Senate Seat" Accessed March 4, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Michaud" Accessed May 23, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maine"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Michael Michaud" Accessed November 29, 2011
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
  6. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  7. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  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. Maine's 2nd District race features rematch
  17. YouTube channel
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 29, 2011
  19. Federal Election Commission "Mike Michaud Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly," Accessed October 1, 2012
  21. "Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly," Accessed October 1, 2012
  23. Federal Election Commission "October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  24. Federal Election Commission "Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  25. Open Secrets "Mike Michaud 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  26. LegiStorm "Mike Michaud"
  27., "Michaud, (D-Maine), 2010"
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. Official House Site "About Mike," Accessed November 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Baldacci
U.S. House of Representatives - Maine District 2
Succeeded by