Richard A. Bennett

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Richard A. Bennett
Maine Senate President
In office
December 2001 – December 2002
Preceded by Mike Michaud
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the Norway district
In office
1996–2004
Preceded by Dana C. Hanley
Succeeded by David R. Hastings, III
Personal details
Born (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 50)
Portland, Maine
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Bennett, 2 Children (Abigail and Nathaniel)
Residence Oxford, Maine
Alma mater B.A. from Harvard University in 1986 (Honors)
M.B.A. from University of Southern Maine in 2000
Profession CEO of GMI Ratings, Politician
Religion Protestant

Richard A."Rick" Bennett (born May 24, 1963) is an American politician from the state of Maine. Bennett serves as Chairman of GMI Ratings, an independent research firm which focuses on corporate governance, director/executive compensation and forensic accounting. In 2012, Bennett was included in the NACD Directorship 100’s most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community.[1]

An Oxford resident, Bennett served as the President of the Maine Senate. He became Senate President due to a unique power sharing agreement between Republicans and Democrats, predicated by an even split in state senators. The deal gave the presidency to both parties for one year each during the two-year term of the senate.[2]

Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate, two terms in the Maine House of Representatives and in 1994 he was the Republican nominee for Congress in Maine’s second district, losing to John Baldacci in a close race. On May 2, 2008 he was elected to a four-year term as Maine’s Republican National Committeeman.

In 2006, he considered running for Governor of Maine, but instead decided to remain in the private sector. His name was widely circulated as a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, though he ultimately decided against running. In November 2012, Bennett sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, but he was defeated by Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

On July 20, 2013, Bennett was elected chairman of the Maine Republican Party, replacing former State Representative Richard Cebra of Naples.[3]

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