Jared Golden represents the Second District of Maine in the United States Congress, where he serves on the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.
He grew up in Leeds, a small town in Androscoggin County. After enlisting as an infantryman in the Marines, Golden deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan before returning home to Maine.
Congressman Golden currently lives in Lewiston with his wife Isobel.
Jared Forrest Golden (born July 25, 1982) is an American politician and veteran serving as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, his district, the largest east of the Mississippi River, covers the northern four-fifths of the state, including Lewiston, Bangor and Auburn. Golden is the first member of Congress elected by ranked choice voting. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a United States Marine.
Golden was born in Lewiston and raised in Leeds. He attended Leavitt Area High School. Golden enrolled as a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, but dropped out and joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002, serving combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After returning home to Maine, Golden attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in history and politics. He went on to work for an international logistics firm and then for Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Maine House of Representatives
Golden returned to Maine in 2013 to work for the House Democratic Office in the Maine Legislature. As a Democrat, Golden ran and was elected to the Maine House in 2014, representing part of the city of Lewiston. He was reelected in 2016. In the subsequent legislative session, he became Assistant Majority Leader in the Maine House of Representatives.
U.S. House of Representatives
On August 24, 2017, he announced his candidacy against Bruce Poliquin to serve in the United States House of Representatives for Maine’s 2nd congressional district. On June 20, 2018, Golden was declared the winner of the Democratic primary.
On election night, Golden trailed two-term incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin by 2,000 votes. As neither candidate won a majority, Maine’s newly implemented ranked-choice voting system called for the second preferences of the two independent candidates to be redistributed to either Poliquin or Golden, in accordance with those voters’ second choice on the ballot. The independents’ supporters overwhelmingly ranked Golden as their second choice, so he defeated Poliquin by 3,000 votes after the final tabulation. He is the first challenger to unseat an incumbent in the district since 1916.
Poliquin opposed the use of ranked-choice voting in the election and claimed to be the winner due to his first-round lead. He filed a lawsuit in federal court to have ranked-choice voting declared unconstitutional and be declared the winner. Judge Lance E. Walker rejected all of Poliquin’s arguments and upheld the certified results. Poliquin appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and requested an order to prevent Golden from being certified as the winner, but the request was rejected. On December 24, Poliquin dropped his lawsuit, allowing Golden to take the seat.
Golden was sworn in as U.S. Representative on January 3, 2019. During the election for Speaker of the House, he voted against the official Democratic Caucus nominee Nancy Pelosi as he had pledged during his campaign. He instead voted for Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois.
Golden’s wife, Isobel (née Moiles), served as a city councilor in Lewiston from 2016 to 2018.
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- Kate Taylor; Liam Stack (November 15, 2018). “Maine’s Bruce Poliquin, Lone Republican in House From New England, Loses Re-election”. The New York Times.
- Collins, Steve; Journal, Sun (December 13, 2018). “Federal court rules against Bruce Poliquin’s challenge of ranked-choice voting”. Lewiston Sun Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Mistler, Steve. “Poliquin’s Request To Block Certification Of 2nd District Election”. mainepublic.org. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
- Murphy, Edward (December 24, 2018). “Poliquin drops challenge to ranked-choice voting, clearing way for Golden to take seat in Congress”. The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
- Press, Associated (January 3, 2019). “Maine’s new Rep. Golden votes against Pelosi for House speaker”. Press Herald. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
- “Results Certified to the Governor 11/26/18”. http://www.maine.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- Collins, Steve (August 23, 2017). “Lewiston’s Jared Golden takes aim at congressional seat”. SunJournal.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
- Moiles — Golden. Sun Journal. 19 October 2014.
Congressman Jared Golden official U.S. House website