Rep. Charles “Ken” Theriault Announces for State Senate District 1
Via press release:
Theriault Announces for State Senate
- Veteran State Representative from Madawaska to Run for Open Senate Seat
MADAWASKA – State Representative Charles “Ken” Theriault (D-Madawaska) has announced that he will run for the Maine State Senate in the district being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), who is running for Congress.
“It has been an enormous privilege to represent several communities in the St. John Valley in the House, and I want to put my experience to use in the State Senate to serve Northern Aroostook County,” said Rep. Theriault, who is serving his fourth term as the State Representative from House District 2. “I will fight every day to make sure that our unique needs and our values have a voice in Augusta.”
Rep. Theriault currently serves as the House Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is House Chair of the Franco-American Caucus. In the House, he has been a powerful advocate for improving transportation infrastructure, as well as for restoring revenue sharing to local communities. Additionally, he strongly supports accepting federal funds to expand healthcare coverage to 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans.
“Working men and women in Aroostook County need leaders in Augusta to fight for better jobs, and to fight to protect our manufacturing, agriculture, and logging heritage,” said Rep. Theriault.
Rep. Theriault grew up in Wallagrass on a potato farm, graduated from Fort Kent Community High School, and attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion Post 147. He has served as a Little League and youth hockey coach, is a director of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club and a member of the Four Season Trail Association, has chaired the Acadian Festival in Madawaska, and is a volunteer leader for the World Acadian Congress. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. He is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madawaska and is a former Grand Knight of the Madawaska Knights of Columbus.
A retired papermaker, he served in leadership positions, including President, with United Papermakers/USW Local 291. As a union representative at Fraser Paper, he prided himself on being a tough but fair advocate for workers and on maintaining a respectful relationship between workers and management.
“My father always taught me to know and respect where you’re from, to know and respect the people in your community, and to always take care of them,” said Theriault. “The culture of Aroostook County is in my blood, and I never forget it.”
Rep. Theriault lives in Madawaska with his wife, Patsy, a retired librarian. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Senate District 1 is a new district created by Maine’s Constitutionally-mandated re-districting. It includes all communities in the former Senate District 35 as well as the communities of Ashland, Masardis, and Oxbow Plantation.