William Schneider

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William Schneider
Attorney General of Maine
Elected by Maine State Legislature
Assumed office
2010
Political party Republican
Website Official Maine Attorney General website
William Schneider is the current Republican Attorney General of Maine. Elected to the office by a Republican majority that controlled both houses of the State Legislature in 2010, he is the first Republican named to the statewide public position in decades. [1] Prior to his appointment, Schneider served as a member of the State House and was an Assistant United States Attorney.

Political issues

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorney Generals Against Obamacare

With Republicans controlling all three major facets of the state government and a Republican named as the state's top prosecutor, Maine is in the perfect position to join twenty-plus other state attorney generals in challenging the federal health insurance mandate, also referred to as Obamacare. Schneider, a former state representative who was elected as state attorney general by the State Legislature in December 2010, has stated that he is weighing his options concerning involving the state in challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform measure. He contends that there are "no provisions in the constitution that give the federal government that kind of power." [2]

In addition to both houses of the State Legislature and the governor, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both members of the United States Senate, have signed onto an amicus brief in support of the twenty-plus state attorney generals who have already filed suit against Obamacare in court. Janet Mills, who had served as the state's top prosecutor prior to Schneider's appointment, argued against Maine's involvement, believing that "taxpayers will end up spending as much as $400,000 in legal fees while the state’s input would have no effect on the outcome of the case." [2]

Campaign contributions

1998

According to Follow the Money, Schneider raised $12,104 in 1998 for his state house campaign. [3]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
William J. & Barbara Schneider $2,285
Carol & Steven C. Trembly $2,000
Dr. & Mrs. C. J. Schneider $1,000
Maine Hospital Association $500
Association Constructors of Maine $500

2000

According to Follow the Money, Schneider raised $8,950 in 2000 for his state house campaign. [4]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Carol & Steven C. Trembly $1,000
Maine Trial Lawyers Association $300
Maine Dental Association $250
Sally Lebow $250
Clayton Schneider $250

Electoral history

1998

1998 Race for State House, District 85 - Republican Primary [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda William J. Schneider 56.2%
     Republican Party Michael A. Vaughan 43.8%
Total Votes 361
1998 Race for State House, District 85 - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda William J. Schneider 54.9%
     Democratic Party David M. Tamulevich 45.1%
Total Votes 2,881

2000

  • 2000 Race for State House, District 85 - Republican Primary [7]
  • William J. Schneider ran unopposed in this contest
2000 Race for State House, District 85 - General Election [8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda William J. Schneider 62.1%
     Democratic Party Patrick J. Beck 37.9%
Total Votes 4,625

2002

  • 2002 Race for State House, District 85 - Republican Primary [9]
  • William J. Schneider ran unopposed in this contest

Contact Information

Maine

Capitol Address:
Attorney General of Maine
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: (207) 626-8800
Toll Free Phone: (207) 626-8865

External links

References


Political offices
Preceded by
William E. Bodwell
Maine House - District 85
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Michael A. Vaughan
Preceded by
Janet Mills
Maine Attorney General
2010–present
Succeeded by
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