Congresswoman Chellie Pingree moved to Maine in 1970s, and after graduating from College of the Atlantic she and her husband started a small farm on the island of North Haven. A knitting business she started in the early 80s soon grew to ten year round employees producing knitting kits and books that were sold in hundreds of stores across the country.
She was elected to the Maine Senate in 1992 and after serving four terms—two as Senate Majority Leader—went on to become the national President of Common Cause. In 2008 Chellie Pingree was elected to Congress to serve Maine’s 1st District, the first woman ever to be elected to represent this District.
Congresswoman Pingree is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and has gained national recognition for her leadership on food and agriculture reform, improving assistance programs for veterans, supporting coastal communities, and other issues important to Maine and the nation.