Sara Gideon

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Sara Gideon
102nd Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
Assumed office
December 7, 2016
Preceded byMark Eves
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 48th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2012
Preceded byCharles Kruger
Personal details
Born (1971-12-04) December 4, 1971 (age 48)
Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Benjamin Gideon
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
Websitewww.saragideon.com

Sara Gideon (born December 4, 1971) is Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.[1] A Democrat from Freeport, she represents District 48 of the Maine House of Representatives, which encompasses part of Freeport and Pownal in Cumberland County.[2] She is a candidate in the 2020 U.S. Senate election seeking to unsest Susan Collins.

Early life and education[edit]

Gideon was born and raised in Rhode Island. Her father is Indian and her mother is a second generation Armenian.[3] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

Gideon moved to Freeport, Maine, in 2004 and served as Vice Chair of the Freeport Town Council. She also worked as an advertising account executive at USA Today in 2003.[5][6]

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.[7] As a legislator, she sponsored legislation to expand abortion access and extended state benefits to families in poverty.[8] 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.[9]

On June 24, 2019, Gideon announced that she will be running in the 2020 Senate election to challenge United States Senator Susan Collins.[10] In the first week of her campaign she raised more than one million dollars.[11] She has been endorsed by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

Maine House of Representatives, District 106 Democratic Primary, 2012[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Gideon 534 50.3%
Democratic Melanie Sachs 470 44.3%
Democratic Patrick Norton 46 4.3%
Blank 11 1.0%
Majority 64 6.0%
Total votes 1,061 100.0%
Maine House of Representatives, District 106, General Election, 2012[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sara Gideon 3,525 62.8% +1.0
Republican Jody James 1,837 32.8% -2.4
Blank 247 4.4% +1.4
Majority 1,688 31.4% +4.8
Total votes 5,609 100.0%
Maine House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sara Gideon 3,226 63.9% +9.7
Republican Paul Schulz 1,589 31.5% -8.9
Blank 231 4.6% -0.8
Majority 1,637 32.4% +1.0
Total votes 5,046 100.0%
Maine House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2016[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sara Gideon 3,994 66.1% +2.2
Republican Paul Schulz 1,841 30.5% -3.8
Blank 209 4.6% -1.1
Majority 1,153 36.9% +4.5
Total votes 6,044 100.0%
Maine House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2018[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sara Gideon 4,003 71.9% +5.8
Republican Paul Schulz 1,440 25.8% -4.7
Blank 128 2.3% -2.3
Majority 2,563 46.1% +9.2
Total votes 5,571 100.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maine House of Representatives: Sara Gideon". Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Gardner, Kate (November 5, 2014). "Democrats Cooper, Gideon retain southern Maine House seats". The Forecaster. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Dispatches, From News. "Indian-American Sara Gideon announces bid to unseat longtime Maine Senator Susan Collins". IndiaAbroad.com. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Touchberry, Ramsey. "Who Is Sara Gideon? Democrat Challenges Susan Collins, Cites Senator's Vote for Brett Kavanaugh". Newsweek.com. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sara Gideon". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Final Word | Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon". www.ncsl.org. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Writer, Scott ThistleStaff (November 18, 2016). "Democrats pick Freeport's Rep. Sara Gideon to be next speaker of Maine House". Press Herald. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Saul, Stephanie (June 24, 2019). "Sara Gideon to Challenge Susan Collins for Maine Senate Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Jones, Sarah (June 24, 2019). "Susan Collins Has a New Democratic Challenger". The Cut. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Pindell, James (June 24, 2019). "Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, to challenge Susan Collins". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Press, Associated. "Sara Gideon touts early fundraising success in run for Senate seat". www.wabi.tv. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Everett, Burgess. "Inside Susan Collins' reelection fight in the age of Trump". Politico.
  13. ^ Albair, Rebecca (July 2, 2012). "6-12-2012 Primary Election Representative to Legislature - Democratic" (XLSX). Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "November 6, 2012 General Election Tabulations State Representative by District and Town". Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions. November 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Albair, Rebecca (November 13, 2014). "Representative to the Legislature" (XLSX). Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  16. ^ Packard, Melissa (November 18, 2016). "Representative to the Legislature" (XLSX). Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Lajoie, Louisa (November 30, 2018). "State Representative" (XLSX). Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Eves
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
2016–present
Incumbent