Mike Michaud is the second of six children. He was raised in Medway and attended Schenck High School in East Millinocket. After graduation, Mike Michaud followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, gaining employment at the Great Northern Paper Company. He is a 29 year employee of GNP and is a member of United Steel Workers Local #4-00037 (formerly PACE Local #1-40037).
Mike Michaud attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Unity College, Husson College, and Maine Maritime Academy.
Michael H. Michaud was sworn in as a United States Congressman in January 2003 to represent the Second Congressional District of Maine in Congress. He is the first recognized Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office.
Citing a desire to help clean up the badly polluted Penobscot River near his home, Mike Michaud first ran for and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980, where he went on to serve seven consecutive terms. In 1994, he defeated a millionaire incumbent in his first bid for the Maine Senate, despite huge Republican victories across the country.
During his first term in the Maine Senate, Mike was appointed to Governor King's Productivity Realization Task Force. In 1996 Mike was appointed Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In 2000, as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Mike fought to ensure there were funds in the budget for the legal defense of the Maine Rx program, which he cosponsored.
In December 2000, Mike was unanimously elected Maine Senate President. Writing on his time in the Maine Legislature, the Portland Press Herald described Mike "as being the first legislator to come to work in the morning and the last to leave at night."
In Congress, the first bill Mike Michaud introduced was a national version of the innovative Maine Rx law, called America Rx, which would allow the federal government to negotiate affordable prescriptions for all Americans without coverage. Leaders in Congress recognized that this approach made commonsense. On January 12th, 2007, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
Through his leadership on the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, "Mike is working to ensure that our veterans receive fair and equal treatment as well as the benefits that they deserve. As the Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health, he helped pass the largest ever funding increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs". Mike has also successfully passed provisions into law which led to increased access to health care services for rural Maine veterans.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Michaudserves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Small Business.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Mike Michaud in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Maine.
The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House, including Mike Michaud .
On June 24th, 2009. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the TRADE (Trade Reform Accountability Development and Employment) Act in the House of Representatives with 106 co-sponsers.
The TRADE act called for Congress to reexamine all current Free Trade agreements, evaluate their overall impact on both U.S. and trade-partner citizens, and chart a new path towards trade agreements that benefit workers and the environment.
The "Trade Act of 2008" (HR 6180) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Michael Michaud of Maine in early June.
It has gathered 63 cosponsors, including Illinois Representatives Danny Davis, Phil Hare, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Daniel Lipinski, Jan Schakowsky. In the Senate, the legislation (S 3083) was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and gathered 4 cosponsors.
This legislation would:
- Require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a comprehensive review of existing trade agreements with an emphasis on economic results, enforcement and compliance, and an analysis of non-tariff provisions in trade agreements;
- Spell out standards for labor and environmental protections, food and product safety, national security exceptions, and remedies that must be included in new trade pacts;
- Set requirements with respect to public services, farm policy, investment, government procurement, and affordable medicines that have been incorporated in trade agreements;
- Require the President to submit renegotiation plans for current trade pacts prior to negotiating new agreements and prior to Congressional consideration of pending agreements;
- Create a committee comprised of the chairs and ranking members of each committee whose jurisdiction is affected by trade agreements to review the president's plan for renegotiations; and
- Restore Congressional oversight of trade agreements.
Ohio Conference on Fair Trade commendation
On June 5, 2008, the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade, led by president Simone Morgen, of Columbus Jobs with Justice, and Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio, commended Sen. Sherrod Brown and five members of Ohio's congressional delegation for co-sponsoring the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act, introduced by Sen. Brown and Rep. Mike Michaud the day before in Washington D.C.
Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan, Betty Sutton and Charlie Wilson were among over fifty original House and Senate co-sponsors joining labor, environmental, family farm and faith groups in support of new consensus legislation which offers a positive vision for future U.S. trade policy.
Said OCFT President Simone Morgen.. "We have the opportunity for a new beginning that can spread the benefits of fair trade to the widest possible number of people. This is change we can really believe in!"
Institute for Policy Studies
Mike Michaud is close to the Institute for Policy Studies
IPS award presenter
Community leaders from El Salvador received the 2009 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the National Roundtable on Mining. This "broad coalition of environmental, faith-based, and community activists has successfully worked to block permits for potentially environmentally devastating mining in El Salvador".
- The coalition will speak about the investor-state suits recently filed under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) by U.S. and Canadian mining companies against El Salvador. They will also discuss their work to oppose mining, and the attacks and threats that they and other members of the National Roundtable have suffered in El Salvador.
Speakers at the event:
- Representatives of El Salvador’s National Roundtable on Mining: William Castillo, Center for Research on Investment and Trade (CEICOM); Francisco Pineda, Environment Coordinating Committee of Cabañas
- Sarah Anderson, Global Economy Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studies. Anderson reported on her recent experience serving on an official advisory committee to the Obama administration on bilateral investment treaties (BITs). The administration is currently reviewing the U.S. Model BIT, which includes rules that are similar to those in the investment chapter of CAFTA and other trade agreements.
- Rep. Michael Michaud, Democratic Congressman from and the lead sponsor of the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act. One provision of the TRADE Act would ensure that trade agreements no longer permit foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals over domestic regulatory policies that protect public health and the environment.
- Stephanie Burgos, Oxfam America (moderator)
Sponsored IPS presentation
Institute for Policy Studies Global Economy Director Sarah Anderson presented a slideshow on the negative impacts of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, at a congressional briefing sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud on July 19, 2010. 
Meeting Mexican labor leaders
Mexican labor leaders representing independent unions held a Congressional briefing Sept. 13, 2011, in Washington, D.C., to highlight Mexico's ongoing repression and assault on the rights and wages of Mexican workers.
Workers in Mexico are facing repression from the Mexican government and corporations, say the labor leaders. And more and more working people in Mexico are being driven into poverty through the erosion of their wages and human rights, they added.
"More than 15 years ago, we were told that NAFTA would create a thriving middle class in Mexico," said Rep. Michaud. "Economists and government officials said the agreement would lead to growing trade surpluses and that hundreds of thousands of jobs would be gained. As our friends from Mexico can attest, NAFTA did not bring these benefits. Instead, workers' rights are being violated on a regular basis, and both the U.S. and Mexico are worse off."
Three Mexican union leaders - Francisco Hernandez Juarez, general secretary of the Mexican Union of Telephone Workers, Marco del Toro, legal representative of the National Union of Mine, Metal Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic (known as Los Mineros), and Sergio Beltran Reyes, recording secretary for Los Mineros, - appealed to the U.S. Congress.
"We are going through very difficult time and are on the receiving end of a high level of aggression and anti-unionism by the Mexican government and business leaders," said Juarez. "The attacks on Los Mineros and its elected leader, the dismissal of more than 44,000 electrical workers and the threat of a new labor law are all designed to reverse 100 years of rights for Mexican workers. The Mexican government, through its spokespeople, has been trying to sell the idea that they defend labor and human rights. We'd like to show how they do not."
The labor leaders said they plan to meet with U.S. members of Congress to discuss worker rights and safety standards for Mexican workers. They intend to highlight the repeated efforts by Mexico's government under the "conservative and right-wing President Felipe Calderon". The Calderon administration is trying to strip union members with Los Mineros of its right to exist as the union continues a four-year strike by 1,100 copper miners over safety issues against the company Grupo Mexico.
Del Toro noted, "We are taking this opportunity to paint a picture of the status of worker rights in Mexico and to outline the persecution faced by unions and leaders there. The diminishing of workers rights and very low wages produce an unequal standard between wage levels in Mexico and the U.S. This is affecting the U.S., which is looking to create jobs for workers here," he said.
The following are past and present staff:
- Tyler Jay Adkins
- Gene T. Allen
- Timothy T. Allen
- Thomas Elmer Anfinson (Tom)
- Susan Lynn Anfinson
- Thomas Edward Anfinson(Ed)
- Jared R. Berry
- Lyron Blum-Evitts
- Scott S. Bragg
- Jill C. Brimmer
- Michael K. Brownlie
- Amanda R. Burgess
- Samuel Cabot
- Katherine McMinn Campbell (Katie)
- Raymond J. Carta (Ray)
- Monica L. Castellanos
- Susan Moore Cerini
- Peter H. Chandler (Pete)
- Varya Chernova-Rislove
- Michael R. Cothran
- Greg Croce
- Molly R. Cyr
- Ann R. Danfoth
- Matthew D. DuBois (Matt)
- Matthew W. Dwyer (Matt)
- Caitlin M. Elsaesser
- Molly Feeney
- Bonnie Benn Fratter
- Thomas P. Gallagher (Tom)
- Marcia B. Gartley
- Edward L. Gilman (Ed)
- Kimberly Thompson Glas (Kim)
- Emma Glidden-Lyon
- Benjamin Goodman (Ben)
- John P. Jr. Graham
- Adam G. Greenlaw
- Judith L. Griffin
- Kristen R. Hawn
- Barbara L. Hayslett
- Dustin D. Hilt
- Elsa M. Hoffacker
- Charlotte A. Howley
- Olwen F. Huxley
- Sharon H. Jones
- Erik Calvin Komendant
- Shawn S. Legendre
- Kristen M. Lingley
- James L. Little
- Colin J. McDonnell
- Seamus R. McGrath
- Joyce Megan Shannon-Winterson Michaud (Megan)
- Raughley Nuzzi
- Nicole O'Brien
- David O'Heir
- Misty O'Leary
- Heather M. Ouellette
- Bryne Fox E. Owen-Deatry
- Ryan M. Parker
- William M. Perry (Will)
- Emily M. Pottle
- Morgan E. Pottle Urquhart
- Andrea Quaid
- Maureen H. Quinn
- Joshua Quint
- Kathleen A. Ralls (Kate)
- Violet C. Raymond
- Stefanie N. Rhodes
- Matthew L. Robison (Matt)
- Daniel Roboff (Dan)
- Benjamin Schelling
- Gabriel C. Seder
- Rachel E. Sherman
- Dennis Robert Sills
- Diane S. Smith
- Eric Smith
- Rachel Smith
- Sara R. Stevens
- Paul E. Suitter
- Daniel Surwit
- Nora C. Todd
- Timothy Raymond Trafford (Tim)
- David C. Weiss
- Rosemary J. Winslow
- Christopher R. Winstead
- Eric J. Wortman
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- ↑ CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
- ↑ [http://globalgoodspartners.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/free-trade-vs-fair-trade-where-are-we-headed/ Handmade Stories blog, Free Trade vs. Fair Trade: Where are we headed? July 9, 2009 ]
- ↑ New ground 119, July/August 2008
- ↑ [http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/20080605_LeadersLaunchTradeAct_OhioCFT2.pdf, Congressional Leaders Launch Bold New Trade Reform Act Ohio Conference on Fair Trade. June 5, 2008, Media Advisory]
- ↑ Briefing: Investment Rules in Trade Agreements — Who Benefits? The Case of Mining in El Salvador, IPS website
- ↑ Investment Rules in Trade Agreements: Korea-U.S. and Beyond, July 21, 2010 · By Sarah Anderson
- ↑ PW, Mexican labor officials meet with Congress about worker abuses, by: Pepe Lozano September 14 2011
- ↑ http://www.legistorm.com/member/376/Rep_Mike_Michaud_ME.html. Accessed 12/09/2011