Oakland, Maine , United States
|| November 01, 1953
Oct 18, 2018 08:56pm
Caucasian - Widowed - Catholic -
|Info||A fourth generation Mainer, Bruce has dedicated his life to conservative principles and to serving his family and state. He grew up in Waterville, studied in the public schools, and worshipped at Sacred Heart Church. |
His father was a teacher, coach, and principal in the Waterville public schools for 25 years. His mother was a dedicated and caring nurse with a warm smile. They worked hard, spent wisely, and saved what they could.
After graduating high school, Bruce jumped at the chance to study at Harvard University under world-renowned economists and business managers. In addition to financial aid, he cleaned bathrooms and bused dining hall tables. During summers, Bruce worked full-time digging sewer lines and painting metal roofs to help pay for his education.
Following college, Bruce pursued a career in the investment management industry. His privately owned partnership, Avatar Investors Associates Corporation, managed nearly $5 billion of worker pension funds for corporations such as Bath Iron Works and International Paper.
Bruce's financial experience gave him a unique perspective as to how businesses best grow in environments with low taxes, predictable regulations, inexpensive energy, and controlled health care costs.
After 35 years in the private sector, Bruce decided to step up and help his state by running for governor in the 2010 Maine Republican primary election. After losing, he immediately began working with GOP nominee Paul LePage to help promote their fiscally conservative, pro-business, limited government message.
In December 2010, Bruce sought and won the election of State Treasurer by the Maine Legislature. As State Treasurer, Bruce is regarded as Maine’s fiscal watchdog, earning the Americans for Prosperity, 2011 Maine Economic Freedom Fighter Award.
In 2011, Treasurer Poliquin helped to eliminate $1.7 billion of our public pension debt (41%). That reduced future government spending by $200 million per year. During the same session, the Legislature passed the largest tax cut in Maine history, $150 million.
As State Treasurer, Bruce exposed wasteful spending at the Maine State Housing Authority on taxpayer-funded "affordable" apartments costing nearly $300,000 each. Using his business acumen, he has saved taxpayers millions of dollars by employing competitive strategies to help finance state road and bridge construction, and municipal infrastructure projects.
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