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December 30, 2012

U.S. Senate transitions: An incoming independent voice hopes to bridge the divide

Sen.-elect Angus King will work to reform filibuster rules, the banking sector and gun laws.

By Colin Woodard cwoodard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Sen.-elect Angus King, shown announcing that he will caucus with the Democrats, says he has been warmly received by colleagues from both major parties.

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Sen.-elect Angus King speaks to campaign staff earlier this month before closing his campaign headquarters in Brunswick. As a member of the Rules Committee, he hopes to help rein in use of the filibuster.

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During a visit in November, King had occasion to walk out on the Senate floor unattended for the first time. "To walk through those doors and have it hit you that you're entitled to be there is amazing," he said. "It was particularly so in my case because I never expected to do it. It's not like I was a congressman for 12 years and this was the next logical step. It came out of the blue."

King decided to run for Senate in February, after Olympia Snowe's surprise announcement that she was withdrawing her reelection bid. "My being there is one step removed from somebody dying and being appointed because it happened and was so unexpected," he added. "I had no thought of doing it before then, and that, combined with having been a staffer 40 years ago, made it a genuinely emotional experience."

"In terms of making a difference, it's about as good as it gets," he said after a pause. "The problems we face are really tough and complicated, but this is what I've been preparing for my whole life. I just didn't know it."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada talks with Sen.-elect Angus King on Capitol Hill last month after King announced he will caucus with Democrats, adding to the party’s voting edge. King says he will remain independent.

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