Joseph Brannigan

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Joseph Brannigan
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 9th district
In office
Preceded byMichael Brennan
Succeeded byAnne Haskell
Personal details
BornJuly 16, 1931
DiedJanuary 17, 2015(2015-01-17) (aged 83)
Portland, Maine
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionSocial Worker

Joseph C. Brannigan (July 16, 1931 – January 17, 2015) was an American social worker and politician from Maine. Brannigan served as a Democratic State Senator from Maine's 10th District, representing part of Portland and Westbrook. Prior to joining the State Senate, he represented part of suburban Portland in District 117 from 2000 to 2006 in the Maine House of Representatives.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Brannigan studied at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service from 1951-55. After graduating, he attended Saint John's Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts, where he later became an ordained priest. He served in South Portland and Fairfield, Maine while also serving as chaplain at the University of Southern Maine (USM). He then completed a master's degree in Counseling Education from USM and became a social worker. In 2009, Brannigan retired after 34 years as director of Shalom House, a halfway house in Portland.[3] In February 2012, Brannigan announced that he would not seek re-election, citing a lack of enthusiasm and the loss of his committee chairmanship when the Maine Republican Party took control of the Maine Senate in the 2010 election.[4] He was replaced by Democratic Representative Anne Haskell. He died on January 17, 2015 in Portland, Maine.[5]


  1. ^ Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Joe Brannigan oral history
  3. ^ About Senator Joe Brannigan Archived 2009-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Conley, Casey (February 18, 2012). "Brannigan not seeking re-election; Haskell eyes sea". The Portland Daily Sun. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Former state legislator Joe Brannigan dies at 83". Bangor Daily News. WGME. Retrieved 19 January 2015.