|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maine's 1st district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Jim Longley|
|Succeeded by||Chellie Pingree|
Thomas Hodge Allen |
April 16, 1945
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Bowdoin College (B.A.) |
Oxford University (B.Phil.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
|Profession||attorney, political assistant|
Thomas Hodge Allen (born April 16, 1945) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maine's 1st congressional district, and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2008 against Republican incumbent Senator Susan Collins. Allen lost to Collins (61.5% to 38.5%).
Allen was first elected in 1996, defeating Republican incumbent James Longley, Jr. with 55 percent of votes cast to Longley's 45 percent. Allen was re-elected five times, receiving over 55 percent of the vote each time in his district, until his defeat in his 2008 run for the U.S. Senate. After, Allen was appointed president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and began his term on May 1, 2009. His book Dangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress came out in 2013.
Allen was born in Portland, Maine to Genevieve ("Sukey") Lahee and Charles W. Allen. He graduated from Deering High School. He went on to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine before winning a Rhodes Scholarship to Wadham College in the University of Oxford. During this time he became friends with fellow Rhodes scholar Bill Clinton. After Oxford he went on to Harvard Law School and practiced as a lawyer.
Early political career
He entered the field of politics when he became a staff member for Governor Kenneth M. Curtis and later for Senator Edmund S. Muskie. Allen was elected to the city council of Portland, Maine in 1989 and served as the city's mayor between 1991–1992 before winning election to the House. Allen ran for Governor in 1994, losing to Joe Brennan in the Democratic primary.
Allen fought Republican efforts to weaken environmental rollbacks between 1996 and 2007. Allen called for a pay-as-you-go system that would require offsets to pay for new tax cuts and new spending while on the Budget Committee, much like the system Democrats enacted in their first 100 hours of Congressional control in the 110th Congress.
Allen has made health care, campaign finance reform, and small business his legislative priorities.
- House Energy and Commerce Committee
- House Budget Committee
- House Affordable Medicines Task Force (Co-Chairman)
- House Oceans Caucus
|Tom Allen||Dem.||173,745||55.32||Jim Longley Jr. (Inc.)||Rep.||140,354||44.68|
|1998||134,336||60.33||Ross Connelly||79,160||35.55||Eric Greiner||Ind.||9,182||4.12|
|2000||202,823||59.81||Jane Amero||123,915||36.54||J. Frederic Staples||Lib.||12,356||3.64|
|2006||168,709||60.67||Darlene Curley||87,589||31.50||Dexter Kamilewicz||Ind.||21,792||7.84|
|Republican||Susan Collins (incumbent)||444,587||61.5|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Rep. Tom Allen at PoliticalBase.com
- Appearances on C-SPAN
| Mayor of Portland, Maine
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James B. Longley, Jr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2009
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Maine