|102nd Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
December 7, 2016
|Preceded by||Mark Eves|
|Member of the Maine House of Representatives|
from the 48th district
|Assumed office |
December 5, 2012
|Preceded by||Charles Kruger|
|Born||December 4, 1971|
Rhode Island, U.S.
|Education||George Washington University (BA)|
Sara Gideon (born December 4, 1971) is Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. A Democrat from Freeport, she represents District 48 of the Maine House of Representatives, which encompasses part of Freeport and Pownal in Cumberland County. She is a candidate in the 2020 U.S. Senate election seeking to unsest Susan Collins.
Early life and education
Gideon was born and raised in Rhode Island. Her father is Indian and her mother is a second generation Armenian. In 1994, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. She served as an intern for U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell.
First elected to the Maine House in 2012, Gideon was reelected in 2014 and chosen as Assistant Majority Leader of the Maine House of Representatives. In 2016, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as Speaker. As a legislator, she sponsored legislation to expand abortion access and extended state benefits to families in poverty. She also supported Medicaid expansion in Maine, including the 2017 referendum on the topic, and helped override Governor Paul LePage's veto of a bill to make the anti-overdose drug Narcan available over the counter.
On June 24, 2019, Gideon announced that she will be running in the 2020 Senate election to challenge United States Senator Susan Collins. In the first week of her campaign she raised more than one million dollars. She has been endorsed by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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| Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives