Craig Hickman

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Craig Hickman
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 82nd district
Assumed office
December 2012
Preceded by Patrick Flood
Personal details
Born (1967-12-08) December 8, 1967 (age 49)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Residence Winthrop, Maine
Alma mater Harvard University
Profession Farmer
Performance artist
Website Personal website

Craig Hickman (born December 8, 1967) is an African-American writer,[1] farmer[2] and Democratic politician from the state of Maine. Elected in 2012, he is serving in the 126th Maine House of Representatives as the representative for Maine's 82nd district. Hickman won his 2012 primary election by nearly 80%,[3] and campaigned on ending hunger,[4][5] eliminating regulations for small farms and businesses, and investing in sustainable energy initiatives.[6]

Early life and career[edit]

Hickman was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 8, 1967. He attended high-school at Rufus King High School[7] in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was valedictorian. Hickman attended college at Harvard University, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Government. He first ran for the Maine House in 2010, losing to incumbent Patrick Flood.[8] In 2012 he won his primary election by a sizable margin, and then the general election on November 6, 2012, beating Republican Scott Davis 59%–41%.[9][10] Two years later, in the midst of a Republican wave, Hickman won re-election against Republican Lee Fellman by a landslide margin, 65%-35%.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hickman currently lives in Winthrop, Maine, with his partner, Jop Blom.[12] He is one of five openly gay members of the Maine Legislature, alongside Reps. Justin Chenette (D–Saco), Matt Moonen (D–Portland), Andrew McLean (D–Gorham) and Terry Morrison (D–South Portland).

He operates the 25-acre historic Annabessacook Farm Bed & Breakfast,[13] where he regularly serves free meals to underprivileged citizens.[10][14][15][16] Hickman also writes one of the top-ranked independent sports blogs on the internet,[17] and is past President of the Winthrop Area Rotary Club.[18]


Hickman's book Fumbling Toward Divinity was a finalist in the Spirituality category at the 2006 Lambda Literary Awards.[19] In addition, he has received a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,[1] a Gertrude Johnson Literary Award,[20] the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement,[21] and a Spirit of America Foundation Award.[22]


  • 1993: The Language of Mirrors
  • 1994: Rituals: Poetry and Prose
  • 2005: Fumbling Toward Divinity


  1. ^ a b ""Craig Hickman, Author of "Fumbling Toward Divinity", to Appear Live on Internet Radio Show", PR Web, April 22, 2005". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ ""Craig Hickman Announces Candidacy For House District 82 (Readfield, Winthrop)", April 3, 2012". 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ ""Hickman beats Cookson in House District 82", ''Kennebec journal'', June 14, 2012". 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Craig Crosby, "House District 82 candidates part ways on core issues", ''Kennebec Journal'', October 24, 2012". 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ ken Bragg. ""Craig Hickman, ME's 2nd Black State Rep, Shares His Dream on Ending Hunger", ''Bowdoin Daily Sun''". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ ""Hickman wins House District 82", ''Maine Sun Journal'', November 7, 2012". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
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  8. ^ Maine – Summary Vote Results.
  9. ^ ""Bill Nemitz: Lawmaker's election a victory for all of us", ''Portland Press herald'', November 16. 2012". 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ a b ""Hickman would ensure government works for us", ''Kennebec Journal'', October 26, 2012". 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
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  12. ^ ""Representative Craig V. Hickman", Projecy Vote Smart". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  13. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  14. ^ "Betty Adams, "Hot Meals Kitchen feeding hungry from B&B, not church", ''Kennebec Journal'', October 10, 2011". 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  15. ^ ""Hickman embodies 'be the change you want to see'", ''Kennebec Journal'', October 21, 2012". 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  16. ^ ""Grandma would be proud of Hickman's actions", ''Kennebec Journal'', October 21, 2012". 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  17. ^ Hickman, Craig. "''Huffington Post''". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  18. ^ "President, Rotary Club of the Winthrop Area". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  19. ^ ""18th Annual Lambda Literary Awards", Lambda Literary, 9 April, 2005". September 25, 2012. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  20. ^ ""Fumbling Towards Divinity: The Adoption Scriptures" by Craig Hickman, The Actors Life, February 15, 2005". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ ""Honored Ever", Spirit of American Foundation". 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

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