Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was elected in 2008 as the first woman to represent Maine’s First Congressional District. Before her election to the House, Rep. Pingree served eight years in the Maine State Senate and was the CEO of Common Cause, a citizens’ lobbying group for open government. Rep. Pingree began her communal involvement as a member of her local school board in North Haven, Maine and served as the town’s tax assessor. She owned and operated a small business before launching her political career. In Congress, she sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.
Rep. Pingree has been a JStreetPAC endorsee since 2008, her first run for Congress and JStreetPAC’s first cycle of endorsements. She has remained a champion of J Street’s issues on the Hill, and she supported the vast majority of J Street’s legislative agenda last session. She was an early cosponsor of H.Res. 326, which put Congress on the record reaffirming support for the two-state solution and opposing annexation and settlement expansion.