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Sunday June 19, 2011 | 11:35 AM

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st, married Donald Sussman, a Wall Street financier and philanthropist, Saturday in a private ceremony at the couple’s home in North Haven, according to her office.

Rev. Dave Macy, the island minister, performed the wedding ceremony.

The topic of Pingree’s engagement to Sussman became public fodder last year during the 2010 congressional campaign when it emerged that Pingree was flying on a private jet owned by Sussman. Before she was elected to Congress in 2008, Pingree was critical of lawmakers’ use of private and corporate jets when she was president of the advocacy group Common Cause.

Pingree received criticism from Republicans for traveling between Maine and Washington aboard a 2007 Dassault Falcon 200EX jet owned by Sussman. However, Pingree said she was Sussman’s fiancé and got a ruling from the U.S. House ethics committee saying her flights on Sussman’s jet were permitted because they were engaged.

Pingree, 56, first met Sussman in 2007 on Vinalhaven Island and they were engaged in 2008, according to her office.

The couple married Saturday morning in front of their children, and announced the marriage Saturday night at a barn party attended by friends for Sussman’s 65th birthday, according to a release by Pingree’s office this morning.

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