|Address||12 Mills Street |
North Haven, Maine 04853, United States
|| April 02, 1955
Sep 20, 2011 01:56am
|Info||Rochelle "Chellie" Pingree |
From her home base of North Haven (population 350), Pingree won a seat in the Maine Senate in 1992. Four years later she was elected Maine Senate Majority Leader. chellie In a leadership position, she fought for economic and social justice, taking on powerful adversaries most notably the pharmaceutical lobby. In 2000, Pingree sponsored the nation's first bipartisan prescription drug pricing bill. The successful passage of this legislation has provided a model for policy makers across the country.
Pingree's leadership in Maine politics led to numerous international appointments. She traveled to Hungary as an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow; served as a member of the White House delegation to observe the election in Bosnia; and was a member of a U.S. delegation to Belfast, Northern Ireland, working with women political leaders there.
As the mother of three grown children, Pingree knows first hand the importance of a quality education. She consistently fought in the legislature for helping our communities to build more schools, modernize our schools with technology and increase our investment in education. She established Maine's College Savings Accounts so that middle-class families can send their children to college.
In 2001, Pingree was term-limited from the Maine Senate, but her pace hasn't slowed. Chellie In Maine, she is actively working to combat the pharmaceutical companies' legal challenge to the new prescription drug pricing law. In April, she met with U.S. Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, who showed his support for the law. In May, the law cleared another hurdle, making it likely that it will stay out of the U.S. Supreme Court and will bring savings to Mainers who need relief. Pingree also co-chaired the Maine Economic Growth Council.
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