Thursday, August 13, 2009

Voice for Equality: Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree is the U.S. Congresswoman representing the 1st District of Maine. Congresswoman Pingree attended the University of South Maine and the College of the Atlantic. Chellie started North Island Yarn, a company that sells hand knits and has also authored five books on knitting. She was elected to the Maine Senate in 1992 and became the Senate Majority Leader in 1996, a position she held until 2000. During her term she authored legislation on small business support, state land trust bill, and the nation’s first bill regulating prescription drug prices.

While serving as the leader of Common Cause she started and strengthened several good government programs. She stepped down from her Common Cause leadership in 2007 to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Pingree is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Congresswoman Pingree sits on the Committee on Armed Services and on the Committee on Rules.

In an interview on the Colbert Report, Pingree said:
“Maine is a very tolerant state, I think we are far more tolerant of people of the same sex living together or choosing to get married and raise their family and we feel that’s the way life should be.”

To see her full comments on marriage equality amidst some Stephen Colbert shenanigans watch this:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Better Know a District - Maine's 1st - Chellie Pingree
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep

Freedom to Marry salutes Congresswoman Chellie Pingress as a Voice for Equality!

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