November 28, 2010

A passion for politics ignited at an early age

As a teenager, Kevin Raye wrote to and met Olympia Snowe; he became the senator’s chief of staff in 1994.

By Rebekah Metzler
MaineToday Media State House Writer

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Sen. Kevin Raye, Senate president

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IN PROFILE: Kevin Raye

AGE: 49

CITY: Perry

OCCUPATION: Small-business owner

EDUCATION: Bates College

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Senate since 2004

Sen. Jon Courtney, the incoming majority leader, served with Raye as minority Republican leaders over the past two years.

"He's one of the most intense, passionate people I know. I've been really honored to work with Kevin, he's been inclusive and he's been able to do something that I've been learning from my Dad -- he sees beyond the immediate circumstances and that's a terrific trait," said Courtney.

As Senate president, Raye has responsibilities to the entire state, but did acknowledge his roots would shine through.

"I'm glad to be in a position where I can help remind people about Washington County and sort of the unique circumstances that we've faced for so long.

"You know, many people in Washington County have felt, over the years, forgotten," he said, "almost as if, the fact that our unemployment has been higher, our poverty levels have been higher, that is sort of accepted. And we don't accept it. It's the way things are, but there's nobody in Washington County who feels that's OK."

"I do feel a special obligation to represent a part of Maine that has often been left behind," Raye said.

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