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Joseph Brennan


In office
January 8, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by James B. Longley
Succeeded by John R. McKernan, Jr.

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by John R. McKernan, Jr.
Succeeded by Thomas Andrews

Born November 2, 1934 (1934-11-02) (age 75)
Portland, Maine
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Boston College
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American Democratic Party politician from Maine. A former Governor of Maine, he is currently a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission.

Born in 1934 in Portland, Maine, Brennan attended Boston College and the University of Maine School of Law, and became Cumberland County District Attorney before winning election to the Maine House of Representatives (1965–1971) and the Maine Senate (1973–1975). His first statewide candidacy was for Governor in 1974; he lost the Democratic nomination to George J. Mitchell, who he would later appoint to the U.S. Senate. Appointed State Attorney General in 1975, Brennan ran for Governor again in 1978, winning the primary and general elections. Brennan was reelected in 1982, serving as Governor from 1979 to 1987. In 1986 he ran for the U.S. House in Maine's First Congressional District and won with 53% of the vote.

After two terms in the House, Brennan ran for Governor again in 1990, losing to Republican John McKernan. He ran again in 1994, losing to Independent Angus King but placing second, ahead of Republican Susan Collins. He would face Collins in another statewide election in 1996, running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bill Cohen, which Collins won.

In 1999, President Clinton nominated Brennan to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission, a small independent agency that regulates shipping between the U.S. and foreign countries. He was renominated (by President Bush) and confirmed for a second term at the FMC in 2004.

Electoral History

Maine Gubernatorial Election 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph Brennan 61% -
Republican Charles Cragin 38% -
Maine Gubernatorial Election 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph Brennan 48% -
Republican Linwood Palmer 34% -
Independent Herman Frankland 18% -

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Political offices
Preceded by
James B. Longley
Governor of Maine
1979–1987
Succeeded by
John McKernan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John McKernan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district

1987–1991
Succeeded by
Tom Andrews







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