A Marine veteran dedicated to serving our country, Jared Golden doesn’t care about the partisan labels that consume so much of Washington. Working across the aisle, Golden puts Maine first: working to help small businesses, fighting to give veterans better access to mental health services, and advocating for Maine’s lobstermen.
Even though the district got a little better for Golden with the inclusion of Augusta, he remains one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country. Golden represents the most Trump-friendly district currently represented by a Democrat. And unlike in his last election, Golden now faces a well-known and well-funded challenger in former GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who lost by a single percentage point in 2018 and opted out of running in 2020. The national GOP is prepared to aggressively target the seat.
U.S. Rep. Jared Golden was born and raised in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning home, Golden had three jobs, working nights and weekends.
Golden was elected to represent Lewiston in the Maine House of Representatives in 2014, and in 2016, was chosen to serve as the Democratic assistant majority leader. In the Maine legislature, he fought for affordable healthcare, tougher environmental protections, and stronger labor unions.
Elected to Congress in 2018, Golden has been a fierce advocate for Maine. He’s working to expand access to affordable healthcare, defend protections for people with preexisting conditions, lower prescription drug costs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. He’s also standing with Maine lobstermen in the fight against misguided federal regulations and working to protect good jobs at Bath Iron Works.
Rep. Golden knows Maine’s natural resources are critical to its way of life and economy. He opposes efforts to weaken important environmental protections and has been a strong advocate of maintaining and restoring our national parks system. While in office, he has backed legislation to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement, supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund, supported legislation to fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency, and championed legislation to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks.
Golden issued the following statement when the Supreme Court struck down Roe and Casey, “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a grave mistake. The majority opinion is wrong on principle and it is wrong on the merits, tossing aside decades of established precedent. In many parts of the country, there will be serious and harmful consequences for millions of women . . . . I believe Congress should work to find ways to protect women’s rights to the greatest extent possible by codifying as much of the Roe and Casey frameworks as possible within the constraints of our narrow majorities, even if we are unable to preserve the entire pre-Dobbs status quo.”
Golden recently voted for the bi-partisan gun safety bill but generally does not support an assault weapons ban and has previously voted against Democrat-only House legislation on gun safety.