Week of 9.22.06
About Angus King
Web Extras: Taking the Initiative | State by State: Ballot Issues and Campaign Finance | Interview: Hart Williams | About Angus King | TranscriptA successful entrepreneur and popular state governor, Angus S. King, Jr. succeeded on the strength of his vision, his commitment to energy conservation, and his independent approach to politics, so naturally emblematic of his adopted state of Maine.
King was born in Virginia, but spent most of his adult years in 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 that developed alternative energy 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 was elected Governor of Maine in 1995, a position he held until 2003. Elected as a political Independent in his first run for public office, he was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine's history. As Governor, King oversaw 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; 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.
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