Chellie Pingree

Ed Morin / Maine Public

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned while under investigation for serval ethics violations.

Maine Rep.Chellie Pingree is happy to see him go, tweeting “good riddance.”

Jesse Costa / WBUR

This weekend, Maine 1st District U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree went to the U.S. border in Texas, as part of a delegation of Democrats from New England who visited a dentention center for immigrants there.  Pingree tells Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz what she found out.

Marty Grohman

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has come out in support of a candidate in the 1st Congressional District race, and it's not the GOP candidate.

LePage said Tuesday that Democrat-turned-independent Marty Grohman "is what Maine needs." He called him a "good man" who's in politics "for the right reasons."

Grohman, a state lawmaker and businessman from Biddeford, hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. Also in the race is GOP candidate Mark Holbrook, of Brunswick.

Democrats wasted no time in responding to the governor's comment.

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Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the federal government from separating children from their parents at the country’s border.

“Basically it says there should be no separation and there should be a primary, you know, process of family reunification any time a child is separated,” Pingree says.

Pingree says she has heard from many Maine constituents who say they are outraged at the news that children are being separated from their parents when trying to enter the country.

U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree’s effort to block a federal plan to drill offshore for oil and gas has failed on Capitol Hill.

The Interior Department announced last year that it planned to allow exploratory offshore drilling, prompting Pingree to propose a budget amendment that would have blocked the use of any funds appropriated to the agency to implement that plan.

Maine Public

The budget deal signed into law last week by President Trump set overall caps on spending. Two members of Maine’s Congressional delegation will be working on filling in the details of the plan over the next six weeks.

Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree sit on the Appropriations Committees of their respective chambers. With the overall spending caps now in place, they will have to determine the spending levels for each program within those overall caps.

Maine Public

Maine Senator Angus King is voicing skepticism about the contents of a memo House Republicans released Friday which purports to document FBI abuse of its surveillance authority when seeking warrants to spy on a member of President Trump's election campaign.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District is considering a run for governor, a move that could potentially send shockwaves through a crowded Democratic primary field.

Chellie Pingree

Oct 25, 2016

Part of our Your Vote 2016 series:

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Democrat) represents Maine's First Congressional District on the U.S. House of Representatives.


Chellie Pingree was elected to Congress for Maine's First Congressional District in 2008. From 2003 to 2007, Chellie served as the National President and CEO of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizen activist group. Before that, she served four terms in the Maine State Senate, representing Knox County. She is also a farmer and small business owner.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and her husband, financier Donald Sussman, are divorcing. Pingree, of Maine's 1st Congressional District, says the split is the reason why she missed an August deadline to file a personal financial disclosure form for 2014 with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is promising to continue working hard for the people of Maine, after easily winning re-election to Congress.

Pingree fended off challenges from Republican Issac Misiuk and independent Richard Murphy. She returns to Washington next year to begin her fourth term representing Maine's 1st District - the more liberal of the state's two congressional districts.

Your Vote 2014 Profile: Democrat Chellie Pingree

Oct 23, 2014
Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

The race for Maine's 1st Congressional District could be described as the least competitive of all the major electoral battles being fought here next month, based on polls. By some accounts, progressive Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree leads Republican Isaac Misiuk, and independent Richard Murphy, by as much as 30 points. But if re-elected, Pingree still faces the prospect of returning to a grid-locked Congress.  

Nearly 100 so-called cold case homicide investigations could be reopened using cutting-edge forensic techniques, if Maine is successful in its request for federal funding. The Maine Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage approved the creation of a cold case homicide squad within the state Attorney General's Office two months ago, but limited state funds left the proposal contingent on potential federal funding. Now U.S. House Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree want Maine to be considered for a $300,000 cold case grant from the National Institute of Justice.

A crowd gathered at the christening of the new US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt at the BIW shipyard in Bath on April 12, 2014. (File)
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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said Bath Iron Works has won two Navy contracts totaling more than $57 million for fleet maintenance and engineering projects.

Pingree said this week that half the money is for design and engineering work on the Littoral Combat Ship. The ship is designed for coastal operations such as transporting equipment onshore for amphibious missions and mine-sweeping.

The other half of the money is going to fleet maintenance.