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David Brancaccio last talked with former Governor of Maine Angus King about the innovative laptop program he instituted in Maine schools. Now Brancaccio talks with King about the challenges of being an Independent in the polarized political climate. King left office in January 2003 after serving eight years. He was only one of two Independent governors in the United States. Governor King previously talked to NOW about the lessons he learned on power and politics and shared with us his views on a variety of issues including the economy, healthcare and the state of our nation.

Angus King

February 2005

August 2005

Angus King

Angus S. King, Jr. was born in Virginia but spent most of his adult years in the state of Maine. After early political experience as a legislative assistant to Senator William D. Hathaway, King entered private law practice in Brunswick, Maine.

In the 1980s King served as Vice President of a company which developed alternative energy (hydro and biomass) projects in New England. In 1989 King founded Northeast Energy Management, Inc. The company developed, installed, and operated large-scale electrical energy conservation projects at commercial and industrial facilities throughout south-central Maine.

King became Governor of Maine in 1995, a position he held until 2003. Elected as an Independent in 1994 in his first run for public office, he was re- elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine history. As Governor, King was responsible for a $2.5 billion budget and 13,000 employees.

King lists among his major accomplishments as governor a total rebuild of the state's mental health and corrections systems; major improvements in the state's service capability, including on-line services; a substantial increase in the state's commitment to research and development; the largest increase of lands in conservation in the state's history; and the nationally-recognized program that provides a laptop computer to every seventh and eighth grade student in the state, regardless of location or family income, making Maine's students among the most computer literate in the world.

After leaving office, King and his family headed out on a cross-country tour of America. You can read about their journey at Where's Molly?

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