Rep. Chellie Pingree was first elected to Congress in 2008 as the first woman to represent Maine’s 1st Congressional District. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Pingree served eight years in the Maine State Senate and was the CEO of Common Cause, a citizens’ lobbying group for open government. Pingree began her communal involvement as 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. Pingree has been a strong ally of J Street throughout her time in Congress.