Representative Chellie Pingree


Maine 1st

Key Coastal Communities Rockland, Portland, Brunswick
Party Democrat
Term 3rd
Committees Appropriations
Caucuses House Oceans Caucus, Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

"We have a unique opportunity to take concrete steps to protect and preserve the environment. We just need to show the political will to take advantage of it.”

“Those who say we have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy are wrong. The truth is we can have both. In fact, Maine's natural resources are closely linked to jobs, our image and our way of life. Protecting those resources is essential if we want to grow the Maine economy.”


Leadership:  Since arriving in Congress, Pingree has taken a firm stance on oceans protection and environmental issues. From fighting to ensure our fishermen have access to working waterfronts to supporting the scientific research and stock assessments necessary to ensure the accurate setting of quotas, Pingree has worked to make Maine’s fisheries and coastal communities more sustainable.

In the past year, Congressman Pingree has sponsored the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2014 as well as cosponsored legislation focused on limiting land-based marine debris.

Pingree was also instrumental in bringing the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control bill back to the House floor for a second, successful vote. She supports renewable energy development, such as offshore wind and was also an original cosponsor of the Coastal Jobs Creation Act. Certain overfished fisheries may need to be closed at a difficult economic time for fishermen. Instead of weakening fishing governance and further depleting threatened fisheries, the Coastal Jobs Creation Act would provide opportunities for fishermen to work with scientists collecting data on stock assessments and reducing bycatch, and on collecting marine debris and reducing pollution.

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