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President Donald Trump (R)
(202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414

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Meet Your U.S. Senators

Sen. Susan Collins (R) is Maine’s senior senator and has served in the Senate since 1996. She is chair of the Special Committee on Aging and is a member of the Intelligence, Appropriations, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees.

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District offices: Augusta: (207) 622-8414, Bangor: (207) 945-0417, Biddeford: (207) 283-1101, Caribou: (207) 493-7873, Lewiston: (207) 784-6969, Portland: (207) 780-3575, or DC (202) 224-2523

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I) is Maine’s junior senator and has served in the Senate since 2013. He serves on the Intelligence, Armed Services, Budget, Energy & Natural Resources, and Rules & Administration committees.

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District offices: Augusta: (207) 622-8292, Bangor: (207) 945-8000, Presque Isle: (207) 764-5124, Scarborough: (207) 883-1588, DC: (202) 224-5344

 

Meet Your U.S. Representatives 

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) has represented Maine’s First Congressional district (CD1) since 2009. She is a member of the Appropriations committee, and sits on the subcommittees for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration & Related Agencies and Interior, Environment & Related Agencies.

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District offices: Portland: (207) 774-5019, Waterville: (207) 873-5713, DC: (202) 225-6116.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) has represented Maine’s Second Congressional district (CD2) since 2014. He is a member of the Final Services and Veterans Affairs and sits on the VA subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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District offices: Bangor: (207) 942-0583, Lewiston: (207) 784-0768, Presque Isle: (207) 764-1968, DC: (202) 225-6306.

 

How do I…

Know when Congress is in session?
Find current House and Senate schedules at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Easily track federal bills?

Sign up for email alerts on bills sponsored by Maine’s Congressional delegation, track specific bills, and more on GovTrack, including a new Congressional Misconduct Database, which catalogs all ethics investigations and criminal charges over the past 10 years. ProPublica, an investigative news project, also offers Represent, a new project to track bills in Congress.

Find out about Congressional committee hearings?
Every committee in Congress has a website that includes schedules and, more importantly, contact information for staff. Committee staff can help you figure out where specific legislation is in the review and approval process and connect you with others who can help you track bills.
Learn all there is to know about federal government?
There may not be one place to find all that info, but Civics 101 comes close. Learn how a bill becomes a law, how a president is impeached, and how to summit a public comment on this podcast.
Learn what the Civics 101 podcast doesn't cover?
The House library staffers are friendly, almost always answer the phone of the first ring, and know A LOT about Congress.  And the Senate Virtual Reference Desk is a national treasure. Visit USA.gov for information on the different branches of government and a list of all federal agencies
Email my MoC from my phone?
Resistbot sends letters to your governor, the president, and members of Congress, all from your phone. The letters are sent to your MoC via email, or you can send by fax or snail mail.
Find members of Congress from other states?
A complete list of all senators and representatives can be found on Gov.com.
Know my rights at a protest?
The American Civil Liberties Union offers online explainers for laws pertaining to peaceful protest and many other issues.
Learn about voting laws and upcoming elections?
There are many sources at the federal and state level but USA.gov offers a one-stop shopping site where you can learn about voting laws, find links to state voting information, and information about voter registration.
Find a copy of the U.S. Constitution?
Read the Constitution and other founding documents of our country on the National Archives website.

Maine Government

 

 

 

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Pro Tip:

On the day of a vote, call the House at 1-800-423-2900 and Senate at 1-800-423-6900. Leave a message with your name, town, legislator’s name, the bill number, and how you’d like her/him to vote. The message will be delivered to your legislator’s desk.

 

Maine House of Representatives

2 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-1400

 

Maine Senate

3 State House Station
Augusta ME, 04333
(207) 287-1540

 

 

How do I…

Look up a bill?

You can look up any bill that has been introduced into the Legislature on the Maine Legislature web site, by searching by the bill number, the sponsor’s name, or the bill title

Easily track state legislation?

Sign up to receive email alerts on House and Senate calendars, legislation status, public hearings dates, and more through the Maine Legislature Mailing List. Several organizations also track certain legislative issues pending in the Maine Legislature, including Demand the Vote (elections and voting), ACLU of Maine (civil rights), Natural Resources Council of Maine (environmental), Maine Family Planning (reproductive rights), and Consumers for Affordable Health Care (health care). Know of a state legislative tracker we should add to the list? Email us at suitupmaine@gmail.com.

Find out how my legislators voted on a bill?
Check the websites for the House Roll Call and Senate Roll Call.
Find out on which committees my legislators serve?
A list of Joint Standing Committees can be found on the Maine Legislature web site. On each committee site, you can not only find the list of its members, but also contact information for each committee’s clerk. Clerks track legislation under their committee’s purview, sometimes know in advance when a public hearing might be scheduled, and often can provide information on a bill’s status. They are helpful and respond quickly to inquiries from Maine residents.
Learn how a bill becomes law in Maine?
More than 1,000 bills may be introduced in a single legislative session. Many don’t get far but those that do travel a complicated path. Learn more about how a bill becomes law in Maine in this overview from the Clerk of the House and Secretary of State.
Testify at or attend a public legislative hearing?
Learn where to go, what to bring, and what to expect in this guide from the Maine Legislature.
Find out about the activities of other Maine activists?
Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) produces a Weekly Resistance Report with events, actions, and other updates from progressive groups all across the state. They also hold monthly phone conferences for group leaders. Email Esther Pew to be added to the email list for the weekly report and to receive invitations to the monthly calls. MPA also produces Beacon, an award-winning news site and podcast with articles about legislative issues, events, and other reports of interest to Maine citizen activists.
Learn to run for office as a progressive candidate?
Maine has several programs designed to train residents to run for political office at all levels, from school board to town council to the statehouse. Run Local, a statewide program led by the Maine Democratic Party, offers trainings throughout the year in all 16 counties. Emerge Maine, a program that trains Democratic women to run for office, offers six-month long trainings and shorter boot camps. Young people contemplating a run can also connect with Run for Something, a project that specifically seeks out people under age 35 who are interested in seeking public office at all levels.
Find a copy of the Maine State Constitution?
Read the Maine Constitution and other session laws and statutes on the Maine Legislature website.