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The U.S. Representative for Maine's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2003.
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ENG: Michael Herman (Mike) Michaud (born January 18, 1955) is the U.S. Representative for Maine's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district comprises nearly 80% of the state by area and includes the cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Bangor, and Presque Isle. It is the largest Congressional district by area east of the Mississippi River. Michaud was previously President of the Maine Senate. He was employed for over two decades at the Great Northern Paper Company where he was a member of the United Steelworkers. Early life, education and career Michaud grew up in Medway, Maine, and is a graduate of Schenck High School in East Millinocket. He was a mill worker and supervisor at Great Northern Paper Company in East Millinocket, from ...
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Michaud criticizes VA reporting of sex assaults

The last thing a female veteran should have to fear at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility is being sexually assaulted. But too often it happens, said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine. And after failing to prevent a sexual assault at one of its facilities, he said, the VA too often fails to properly report it. Michaud, D-2nd District, spoke at a House hearing Monday that highlighted a federal report, released last week, that shows nearly 300 sexual assaults, including 67 rapes, were alleged to have occurred in the VA network from 2007 to 2010. Most of the incidents were not ...

Millinocket dedicates trail to Mike Michaud

As he stood at the podium near the $625,000 multiuse recreational trail named after him, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud couldn’t help noting that one usually has to be dead to be so honored. The East Millinocket resident, the first recognized Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office, is very much alive and very grateful, he said, for the accolade. He said he hoped that the trail would add beauty and health to the Katahdin region. “We have gone through a lot of tough times in the region in the last 10 or 20 years, but we’ve come through them because we work ...

Michaud Aims to Close Military’s Sweatshop Sneaker Loophole

U.S. Representative Michael Michaud sent a letter to President Barack Obama and sponsored legislation to end the U.S. military’s use of sweatshop shoes. As Michaud explained in his letter, the Department of Defense has recently begun sneaking around the rule that its sneakers must be made in the USA by shuffling money to members of the military for them to purchase required sneakers on their own: The Berry Amendment stipulates that DOD cannot procure food or clothing, among other items, unless the item is grown or produced in the U.S. Congress first established this domestic ...

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Rep. Mike Michaud Expresses Gratitude to Mainers as He Prepares to Cast Final Votes in Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is expressing gratitude to all of the residents of Maine’s Second Congressional District today, as he prepares to cast his final votes as a Member of the United States Congress. Rep. Michaud submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record, highlighting what the opportunity to serve Mainers has meant to him over the course of his last 12 years in Congress: “Thank you, Mister Speaker. As my time as a Member of Congress is coming to an end, I want to thank the people of Maine’s Second District for allowing me the privilege of representing them here in the People’s House. “From Fort Kent to Lewiston and Franklin County to Washington County, Mainers have shared with me their lives, their hopes and their concerns.  We have worked together to improve our transportation infrastructure – which is pretty important when you represent the largest geographic district east of the Mississippi. We’ve worked together to stop bad
Michaud Statement on Veterans Day
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who serves as Ranking Member on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement today in observation of Veterans Day: “Generation after generation, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our nation. Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor that service, and it’s a chance for us to reflect on what we can do for veterans and their families to thank them for their incredible sacrifices. “Veterans continue serving long after they return home. They are integral parts of our communities – they’re our firefighters and police officers; our medics and teachers; our friends and neighbors. “Working together, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished for our veterans in Maine. Together, we have increased access to healthcare through Project ARCH and the creation of new CBOCs. We’ve secured additional federal resources to tackle veterans homelessness and strengthen opportunities for returning veterans
Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill with Michaud Provisions Set to become Law
Michaud authored sections of legislation making it easier for Navy, Coast Guard veterans to obtain civilian maritime jobs WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The House passed a Coast Guard Reauthorization bill containing several key provisions from U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud last night, and the legislation’s next stop will be President Obama’s desk for signature into law. Provisions in the final legislation included by Michaud will make it easier for Navy and Coast Guard veterans to successfully obtain civilian maritime employment. “Coast Guard and Navy veterans sacrifice a great deal for their communities and our country – and I’m very pleased that we were able to secure provisions in this bill that will make it easier for them to transfer their skills and experience from the Armed Services into civilian employment,” said Michaud. “Access to meaningful and well-paying employment is one of the biggest challenges facing our returning veterans, and bureaucratic delays should never prevent t
Michaud & Pingree Announce Two USDA Farm to School Grants for Maine
RSU 18 in Oakland and Healthy Acadia in Bar Harbor will use funding to expand access to local foods for students WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree announced today that Maine will receive two grants from the USDA Farm to School program to support efforts to connect schools and students to local food. RSU 18 in Oakland will receive $44,213 and Healthy Acadia in Bar Harbor will receive $100,000. “This USDA Farm to School investment is a win-win for our communities in Bar Harbor and Oakland. Our students will have access to healthier local foods, and our community farmers will have an opportunity to expand their markets,” said Michaud. “I’m also pleased that the grants will allow for increased education about the importance of healthy foods—so our students can have a greater understanding of where the food they eat comes from and why it’s important to make healthy choices.” “The USDA’s recent Farm to School Census found that 86 perc

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