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Birthdate: Feb. 2, 1961
Birth Place: Eastport, ME, United States
Residence: Perry, ME
Kevin Raye, born in Eastport, Maine, is one of eight sons of the late Harry Raye, an electrician and a veteran of World War II, and Frances Raye, a retired teacher. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Bates College.
Raye owns and operates Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport, the nation's last remaining traditional stone-ground mustard mill, which has been run by members of the Raye family since 1900.
He serves on the boards of Eastern Maine Medical Center and Maine Rural Partners, among others.
Raye and his wife, Karen, live in Perry, a town in Maine's easternmost county, Washington.
Kevin Raye's political career started on the staff of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican. He spent 17 years working for Snowe, including 6 1/2 years as her chief of staff.
He made a bid at electoral politics in 2002, taking on long-time state Democratic legislator Mike Michaud for Maine's 2nd Congressional District seat, which was left open after John Baldacci decided to run for governor. Michaud won that race with 52 percent of the vote.
The 2012 race for the House seat is a closely watched rematch between the two.
While his overall fundraising lags, Raye has highlighted his selection to "Young Gun" status, the top tier of the National Republican Congressional Committee's national recruitment program for open-seat and challenger races.
Raye is completing his state-limited four consecutive terms in the Maine Senate, serving his final term as chamber president. Previously, Raye served on the Health and Human Services and the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry committees. In addition, he was on the Government Oversight Committee.
In the Legislature, he has sought to engage members of both parties to work through differences in an increasingly partisan atmosphere. He's supported efforts to reduce state debt, pass the largest tax cut in Maine history, reduce debt in the state retirement system and reduce welfare costs.
Source: Associated Press
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