Margaret Craven (politician)

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Margaret Craven
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 16th district
In office
2008 – Present
Personal details
Born 1944
Galway, Republic of Ireland
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Jim Craven
Profession Community activist

Margaret Craven (born 1944) is an American politician.[1] Craven is a Democratic State Senator from Maine's 16th District, representing Lewiston. She was first elected to office in 2002, when she won a seat in the Maine House of Representatives. She served in the House from 2002-2008, when she was elected to the Maine State Senate. She was re-elected in 2010.[1] In February 2014, Craven announced her retirement from Maine politics following the 2014 election, citing the need to take care of her ailing husband.[2]


Craven was born into an impoverished family of 11 in Galway, Republic of Ireland; her father worked odd jobs and her mother was a housewife.[3] Craven moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the 1961 at the age of 17 and worked as a housekeeper. She eventually returned to Ireland, only to move back to New England after feeling a sense of not belonging. She moved to Maine, earned a high school diploma, bachelor's and master's degrees and began work with the disabled and senior citizens. She was convinced to run in 2002 by the outgoing state representative.[3][4] She has two children, Walter Matthew and TJ.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Senator Margaret M. Craven (ME)". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ LaFlamme, Mark (February 13, 2014). "Sen. Craven announces her retirement". Sun Journal. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Alaimo, Jessica (March 17, 2007). "Craven: From Ireland to Maine's State House". Lewiston Sun Journal. pp. A1–A6. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Home thoughts from abroad". Galway Advertiser. October 30, 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2011.