Sara Gideon, is the Democrat’s candidate for the Maine state Senate race. Born in 1971, Gideon grew up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where her father was a pediatrician who emigrated from India and her Armenian American mother was a psychiatrist.
Maine has already been called for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but the race between Collins and Gideon is still open. Also, Maine is one of two states that divide their electoral votes by congressional district, and the 2nd District — worth one electoral vote — hasn’t been called yet.
She being Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, is giving a tough fight to Republican Senator Susan Collins.
Sara Gideon Wiki:
Gideon finished her higher education from the George Washington University after which she served as an intern for US Senator Claiborne Pell.
Gideon settled in Freeport, home to LL Bean, to raise her family with her husband, Benjamin Rogoff Gideon, a Maine native who took her last name.
She credits her parents’ health care jobs and their commitment to community for her inspiration for public service.
Although Gideon doesn’t talk much about her Indian heritage, Americans of Indian descent are looking to her candidacy much the way they do that of vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, whose mother was from India – with a sense of pride and excitement.
If elected in November, she will be the second Indian American women to be elected to the US senate. Kamala Harris from California is the first Indian origin senator to be elected to the US senate.
The last time Democrat Sara Gideon ran for office, she trounced her Republican challenger and spent a measly $4,299.99 doing it. Two years later, the Maine House speaker has hauled in $63.6 million, a mountain of money that’s poured in from Democrats across the country for one clear purpose: Defeating Sen. Susan Collins.
It’s a mission that has been enthusiastically embraced by Gideon, an up-and-coming Democrat who has ably tapped into frustrations in Maine and beyond with Collins’ ties to President Donald Trump.
The 48-year-old is now giving Collins the fight of her political life in a race that is testing voters’ willingness to punish all Republicans for Trump’s combative and disruptive leadership – even those, like Collins, who’ve tried to keep a distance.
Sara Gideon Political Career:
Gideon got into politics on the Freeport Town Council in 2009. She was elected to the Maine House in 2012 and became speaker four years later. She made her name battling with then-GOP Gov. Paul LePage over issues including funding to address the drug overdose crisis.
Democratic support quickly coalesced around Gideon as Collins’ vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ensured her race would draw national attention and cash.
Sara has always stood up for a woman’s right to choose. As newly appointed Supreme Court justices threaten the future of Roe vs. Wade and state legislatures across the country pass laws banning abortion in almost all circumstances, Sara has led the fight to make sure women in Maine remain in control of their health care decisions.
She’s been a leading voice in the legislature to draw attention to and deliver resources to combat Maine’s opioid epidemic. Sara’s work has been credited with giving law enforcement and families the tools they need to help save lives. And when former Governor LePage vetoed Sara’s opioid legislation and mocked those suffering from the crisis, Sara did not back down. Instead, she brought Democrats and Republicans together to override that veto, and again put Maine first.
Sara Gideon Father:
Gideon’s father, a pediatrician, emigrated from India to the United States and settled in Rhode Island. Sara Gideon is the youngest child of four.
Sara Gideon Husband:
Gideon grew up in Rhode Island, the youngest of four children. After marriage to her husband Ben, an attorney, the couple moved to Maine. They have three children, Julian, Alek, and Josie and live in Freeport. Ben, works as a personal injury trial lawyer with the lawfirm, Berman & Simons.
Gideon states that she has made affordable drugs and health care her primary campaign issues. She supports the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). She also supports a public health insurance option, which would allow Americans to buy into Medicare while also retaining a private health insurance market. She supports allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs, and a prohibition on pharmaceutical company “pay to delay” agreements.
In the state House, Gideon sponsored legislation to expand abortion access and extend benefits to families in poverty. She states she will fight any attempts to attack or defund Planned Parenthood; will work to roll back the Title X gag rule, which has impacted Maine Family Planning and Planned Parenthood clinics that provide comprehensive health care. Gideon has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL.
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||4 December 1971, Rhode Island, USA|