58 years old
Race: U.S. House District 2
Born: Jan. 18, 1955; Millinocket
Family: Single, no children
Home: East Millinocket
Education: Graduated from Schenck High School in East Millinocket
Occupation: Worked for Great Northern Paper Company for 29 years and was a member of United Steelworkers
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 1980-1994; Maine Senate, 1994-2002; Senate president, 2001; elected in 2002 as U.S. Congressman for Maine’s 2nd District
- Spends free time cutting wood on his wood lot on the Penobscot River.
- Delivered a pair of custom-made New Balance sneakers to President Obama during the Commander-in-Chief’s visit to Maine in March.
- Michaud is briefly mentioned in Maine author Stephen King’s most recent work, “11/22/63.”
On the issues
Do you support President Obama’s health care law? Yes, although the Affordable Care Act has never been a perfect bill, we should work to improve the law rather than continue the partisan wrangling over it.
Do you support a balanced budget amendment? Yes.
Do you support a tax increase for the wealthy? No. In an effort to get our debt under control, I have long argued that the Bush tax cuts for those families making over $250,000 should be allowed to expire.
Would you vote to extend the nation’s debt limit? Yes.
Do you support legalizing gay marriage? Yes. I believe it is up to the states to determine whether or not to recognize same-sex marriage, which is why I voted against a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage during my first term in Congress. Discrimination should not be written into the Constitution.
Do you support legal access to abortion? Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and as such, I have opposed efforts to restrict private health insurance options and to criminalize physicians. Similarly, I support the current ban on federal funding of abortion.
What should Congress be doing to create jobs and improve the economy? Congress should pass tax incentives for businesses to bring jobs back to the U.S. We should also invest more money in our infrastructure. There are other things that can be done, like ensuring strict compliance with the Berry Amendment and Buy America policies, strengthening trade enforcement efforts to prevent foreign competitors from illegally undermining U.S. businesses and stopping China from manipulating its currency.
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