Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was sworn in today for a third term representing Maine's First Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
"It is a great honor and privilege, and a tremendous responsibility, to represent the people of the First District in Washington," Pingree said. "The Congress that was sworn in today is the most diverse in history, and I am hopeful that we can work together for practical solutions to the big challenges we face. And I know that the Maine Congressional Delegation will continue its long tradition of working together to best represent the families of our state."
For the Congress that was sworn in today, Pingree has been appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, where spending is set for nearly all government programs. Pingree is only the second House Member from Maine since 1899 and only the fifth Mainer in history to serve on the Committee.
"It's a great opportunity to have a significant impact on how money is spent on programs that affect Maine, like shipbuilding and agriculture," Pingree said.