Former Midcoast senator takes job with U.S. Sen. Angus King
Rockland — A former state senator said his new job is to be the "eyes and ears" of his new boss, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.
Chris Rector of Thomaston is the new regional representative for King, who was just elected the new senator from Maine, replacing U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe after she retired.
"Sen. King was sworn in Jan. 3, and he was determined to have every one of his constituent offices open that day," Rector said.
While the new senator was being sworn in with the rest of Congress, Rector had to take his own oath that was notarized.
A state legislator from Thomaston for 10 years, Rector said his new territory will include the Midcoast, Kennebec County and the Brunswick area. He will work from the fourth floor of the federal office building at Sewall Street and Western Avenue in Augusta.
Although he has not been on the job long enough to have a routine, Rector said his schedule for the week begins with a trip to Waterville Jan. 22, to meet with a constituent at 8:15 a.m. From there, he will drive to Brunswick for a meeting with a fisheries group. From there he will drive to Boston for another fisheries meeting.
"Part of the reason I was selected for the job, was my involvement with the fisheries. I do have friends in the Legislature. I also have the opportunity to be a non-state representative for fisheries issues," he said. "I was the legislative member for Zone D of the Lobster Zone Council," Rector said.
"I will try to make sure the senator is providing a level of federal presence," Rector said.
Rector said his affiliation with the Republican Party in the Legislature does not put him in conflict with King, who is an Independent.
"From a practical point, the senator has aligned himself with the majority party, said Rector. "He has Democrats and Republicans on his staff."
"He extracted an agreement with [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that he wouldn't follow a party line," Rector said.
One of the things King has done is to set up meetings with every senator.
"He's had 30 meetings so far, and they are all very receptive," Rector said.
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