Press Herald spotlights Maine Senate president Raye '83 and his 'passion for politics'

The Portland Press Herald makes clear that politics and public service are twin passions for Kevin Raye ’83, Maine’s new Senate president. Reporter Rebekah Metzler describes an Election Day moment years ago in rural Washington County, as Raye sat with his grandmother, whose GOP job it was to checked off names of Republican voters. The local Republican Party chair would occasionally ask how the turnout was going, then return a few minutes later with Republican party members who hadn’t yet voted. Raye recalls the classic political scene as “so neat.”Alumni are invited to join students, faculty, and staff as the 90th Anniversary of the Bates Outing Club is honored by the Maine Legislature with a Legislative Sentiment  Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Maine State House Augusta  9:30 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center At the public entrance to the State House ask the receptionist to direct you to the Welcome Center.  9:45 a.m. Photo opportunity with Gov. John Baldacci  10 a.m. Reading of the sentiment in the House Gallery by state Rep. Margaret Rotundo (D-Lewiston).  After the reading, the group will continue on to the Senate where they will receive further recognition.  11 a.m. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court addresses the Legislature  A brief tour of the State House will follow for those interested.   Advance registration is required for this event.   Please RSVP by noon on Monday, January 25. T o register click on the registration button on the top of this page or call Kathleen Bilodeau at (207) 755-5990.   Contact Information Primary Contact Kathleen Bilodeau 207-755-5990 kbilodea@bates.edu     Date & Location Date: January 26, 2010 Time: 9:30 AM Location: Maine State House Augusta

Raye has long been dedicated to Maine politics, serving 18 years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, losing a run for Congress in 2002 and winning a state Senate seat in 2004. “I’ve always though public service was a very honorable thing, a good way to serve people and make a mark in life,” he says. “From the time I was a little kid I was drawn to it — I loved politics, elections and government from the time I was old enough to read.” View story from The Portland Press Herald, Nov. 28, 2010.

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