A Maine native, Governor John Baldacci grew up as part of a large family in Bangor. While working in his family’s restaurant, he attended local schools and earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Maine. He was first elected to public office at the age of 23, winning a seat on the Bangor City Council. He won election to the Maine Senate in 1982 where he served as a State Senator for 12 years.
In 1994, John was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine’s Second District, and was re-elected by wide margins in 1996, 1998 and 2000. Returning home following his term in the U.S. Congress, he was then elected as Maine’s 73rd Governor, serving from 2003-2011. During his tenure as Governor, he initiated reforms in the areas of health care, energy development, administrative reform and efficiency, and public education.
His two terms completed, Governor Baldacci continued his career in public service, accepting an appointment as the director of the Department of Defense’s Military Health Care Reform Initiative where he worked with former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley, to conduct a full-scale review and evaluation of military health care and wellness.
Governor Baldacci now works as a Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Government Relations at Pierce Atwood LLP, providing valuable insight into the relationships between business strategy, economic development, and state and federal policy making. He is able to bring a unique perspective on local, state and federal initiatives, government procurement, economic development project and various policy issues, especially in the areas of energy and health care.
He is also very active in civic activities and works with many non-profit boards including serving as the chair for Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., co-chair of Fix-the-Debt Maine, co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, campaign co-chair for the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, and the Leadership Council for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.