59 years old
Race: U.S. House District 1
Born: April 2, 1955; Minneapolis, Minn.
Family: Married (S. Donald Sussman*), two daughters (Hannah, 35, and Cecily, 32), one son (Asa, 31), and two grandchildren.
Home: North Haven
Education: Graduated from College of the Atlantic.
Occupation: Operates Nebo Lodge, a small inn and restaurant on North Haven; president and CEO of Common Cause from 2003-07.
Political experience: Member of the Maine Senate 1992-2000; majority leader from 1996-2000; ran unsuccessfully in 2002 for U.S. Senate, losing to Sen. Susan Collins; elected in 2008 as U.S. Congresswoman for Maine’s 1st District
* S. Donald Sussman is the majority share owner of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.
Fun facts- Founded North Island Yarn in 1981, selling knitting kits and pattern books through retail stores and mail-order catalogs.
- Loves to kayak around North Haven and throughout Penobscot Bay.
- When she moved to Maine in 1971, she lived in a cabin with no electricity or running water.
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