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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, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 won 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


Michaud serves on the following committees:[5]


Michaud served on the following House committees[6]:

  • 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.[7] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[8]

In addition, Rep. Michaud voted for the stimulus bill.[9] 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. [10]

Michaud also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[12]

Michaud supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[13] 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.[14]

Finally, Michaud voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[15] 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.[16]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Michaud 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. He was one 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.[17]



See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014

Michaud's name has been mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Maine in the 2014 election.[18]


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.

U.S. House, Maine District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Michaud Incumbent 55.7% 191,456
     Republican Kevin Raye 40% 137,542
     N/A Blank Votes 4.3% 14,910
Total Votes 343,908
Source: Maine Secretary of State "Tabulations for Elections held in 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.[19]


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

Mike Michaud, "Michaud for Congress - Veterans VA"[20]


Mike Michaud vs. Kevin Raye
Poll Mike Michaud Kevin RayeUndecidedMargin 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


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.[21]

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


Michaud won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Michaud's campaign committee raised a total of $1,222,006 and spent $1,199,775. [22]


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.[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. 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.[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, Michaud's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $180,021 and $652,000. This averages to $416,010, which is a 20.61% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[25]


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.[26]

Political Positions

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 2012, Mike Michaud was ranked the 130th most liberal representative during 2011. This ranking is the most conservative held by any of the representatives of Maine.[27]

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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 21, 2011
  7. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  8. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  12. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  13. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  14. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  15. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  16. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. The Portland Press-Herald, "Dan Demeritt: Baldacci best hope for Democrats in 2014 – and for LePage, too," November 30, 2012
  19. Maine's 2nd District race features rematch
  20. YouTube channel
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 29, 2011
  22. Open Secrets Mike Michaud 2012 Election Cycle, Accessed February 12, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Mike Michaud 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  24. LegiStorm "Mike Michaud"
  25., "Michaud, (D-Maine), 2011"
  26., "Michaud, (D-Maine), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  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