Angus King

Age: 74
Residence: Brunswick
Party: Independent
Present Employment (or former occupation if retired): U.S. senator
Highest Level of Education Completed: University of Virginia School of Law (graduated 1969)
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: Governor of Maine (1995-2003), U.S. senator (2013-present)

 

Statement:

 

Today, too many Maine people struggle to find affordable, accessible health care. That’s why I’ve been hard at work to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act and drive down the cost of insurance and stabilize the marketplace. People across Maine should not have to choose between feeding their family and paying for their medical bills.

I have also been focused on addressing the opioid epidemic, which is the most serious public health crisis I have seen in Maine in my lifetime. It can impact anyone from any part of the state, which is why it is so important that we take a comprehensive approach to combat it — from prevention to treatment to law enforcement. We need to help people struggling with substance use so they can get healthy and re-enter the workforce.

A friend of mine in Maine often says, “There is no silver bullet, but there is often silver buckshot.” This adage applies to the many issues facing Maine — from lowering health care costs to combating the opioid epidemic to helping our veterans to protecting the environment — and I remain committed working on these issues so we can build a better world for future generations.