Tuesday December 04, 2012 | 05:36 PM

WASHINGTON – NBC News  has listed Maine Senator-elect Angus King one of the “fresh faces to watch” in next year’s Congress.

The former two-term governor and political independent attracted national media attention throughout the campaign due, in part, to his refusal to declare with which party he would caucus in Washington. His post-election announcement that he would align with the Democrats – the majority party in the Senate – didn’t exactly surprise anyone, however.

“With his pledges to work across the aisle, King would join a long lineage of Maine legislators who fashioned themselves as compromise-minded moderates,” NBC News wrote in a brief profile included in the “fresh faces to watch” piece. “His predecessor, Republican Olympia Snowe, was one of only three GOP senators to support the Obama stimulus package in 2009 and voted to confirm both Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.”

"Snowe was joined on those and many other party-bucking votes by colleague Susan Collins, also from Maine," the article stated.

The full article can be found here.

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