U.S. Senator Angus King to speak at Maine Law Commencement
May 2, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine – The Hon. Angus King Jr., United States Senator and former Governor of Maine, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s commencement for the University of Maine School of Law.
Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Ninety six students will be awarded J.D. degrees and six students will be awarded LL.M. degrees. Also, more than two dozen merit awards will be presented to graduates. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony, and tickets are not required.
Senator King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent U.S. Senator in January 2013. He joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine and is a steadfast believer in bipartisan dialogue and relationship-building among legislators.
Senator King began his career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. In 1972, he served as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics in the office of former Senator William Hathaway of Maine. In 1975, he returned to Maine to practice law with Smith, Loyd and King in Brunswick. He was appointed in 1983 as Vice President of Swift River/Hafslund Company, an alternative energy development company working on hydro and biomass projects in Maine and New England. Six years later, he founded Northeast Energy Management, Inc., a developer of large-scale energy conservation initiatives at commercial and industrial facilities in Maine.
In 1994, Angus King was elected Maine's 71st Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history and served as Governor until 2003. Senator King was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1969.