Birthdate: July 16, 1966
Birth Place: Biddeford, ME, United States
Residence: Springvale, ME
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Jon Courtney grew up in Biddeford, Maine, and resides in Springvale. He says he was inspired by his father, Terry Courtney, the pastor of Mount Zion Chapel in Wells, who told him to look ahead and have vision.

He went to work immediately after high school as a document clerk at the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire and later at a bakery. Afterward, Courtney became manager of a clothes-cleaning business, and now owns the business, which has three locations.

Courtney served one term in the Maine House and reached his limit of four terms in the state Senate in 2012, prompting him to run for Congress.

He has served in local government and business organizations. He coached youth football, Little League baseball and hockey.

Courtney is married and has three children and three stepchildren, all grown.

Profile

Jon Courtney is challenging two-term Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree for Maine's 1st Congressional District seat. He first served in the Maine House in 2003, and later won election to four successive state Senate terms, reaching his four-term limit in 2012.

In 2008, Courtney was elected assistant Republican leader in the Senate, and after his re-election in 2010, he was chosen by his GOP colleagues to serve as majority leader.

He also served as Senate chairman of the Joint Rules Committee and chairman of the Taxation Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform.

Courtney has pressed for reducing taxes and spending, and easing state business regulations.

In the June 2012 primary, Courtney barely defeated Patrick Calder, a 29-year-old merchant seaman who was virtually unknown politically. Courtney is far outgunned financially in the November 2012 general election congressional race against Pingree.

Source: Associated Press

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