|Member of the Maine Senate
from the 29th district
|Alma mater||Bates College|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Kevin L. Raye (born February 7, 1961) is an American politician. Raye is a Republican member of the Maine Senate, representing the 29th district in northeastern Washington County. From December of 2010 to December of 2012, Raye served as President of the Maine Senate, and as such, was next in line to the governorship of Maine.
Early life, education, and early career 
Raye was born February 7, 1961 in Eastport, Maine. He is one of eight sons of Harry Raye, an electrician and a veteran of World War II, and Frances Morrison Raye, a teacher. He graduated from Shead Memorial High School in Eastport and earned a degree in political science from Bates College in Lewiston.
Along with his wife Karen, he owns and operates the historic Raye's Mustard Mill, which has been run by members of the Raye family since 1900. He spent seventeen years working for former U.S. Representative and current U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. He served as her Chief of Staff for six years.
Maine legislature 
Raye represents Maine Senate District 29. District 29 includes a portion of Hancock County.
Raye won re-election to the 29th District Seat in 2010, defeating Democrat F. James Whalen ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket. On November 4, 2008, Raye won re-election by defeating Karen Johnson and Dana Kadey.
Committee assignments 
- Select Committee on Joint Rules
- Senatorial Vote Committee
- Senate Rules Committee
- Legislative Council
Congressional campaigns 
Michaud, then a State Senator, narrowly defeated Republican Raye in the race to replace incumbent Democrat John Baldacci, who ran for Governor of Maine. In the primary, Raye defeated State Senator Stavros Mendros, State Representative Richard Campbell, and Tim Woodcock. The general election garnered considerable publicity because the Democratic candidate was pro-life, while the Republican was pro-choice. Michaud then became the only freshman Democratic member of Congress to vote for the 2003 ban on intact dilation and extraction (IDX), often called partial-birth abortion.
Raye, who is unable to run for re-election the Maine Senate due to term-limits, considered a rematch against incumbent Democrat Mike Michaud in the 2012 congressional elections as early as the middle of 2011. Upon the decision of Olympia Snowe to not seek re-election to the United States Senate, Raye briefly considered running for her seat, but ultimately decided to enter the House primary, which Raye won on June 12, 2012 to become the nominee.
Personal life 
Raye and his family resides in Perry, Maine. Karen Howard Raye, his wife, is a member of the Perry Board of Selectmen. He is a member, trustee and Church Council Chairman of the North Perry United Methodist Church.
- "Maine Senate" Senator Listing by County
- Maine Official Election Results
- Maine State Senate official election results for 2008
- "Raye Considering Challenge to Michaud in Maine's 2nd District". Maine Public Broadcasting Network. July 15, 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Five Republicans join Senate race; Michaud, Raye stick to House race". Bangor Daily News. March 2, 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- "Kevin Raye wins GOP nomination in 2nd District, prepares for rematch against Mike Michaud". Bangor Daily News. June 12, 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.