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David Farnham Emery (born September 1, 1948) is an American politician from Maine. A former Republican U.S. Representative , Emery grew up in Rockland before attending college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received a BS in electronics engineering in 1970. Upon graduating, he entered politics. He served in the Maine House of Representatives 1970-1974 and was active in the Republican Party.

Dave Emery
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House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
LeaderBob Michel
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byTom Loeffler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byPeter Kyros
Succeeded byJohn McKernan
Personal details
Born
David Farnham Emery

(1948-09-01) September 1, 1948 (age 71)
Rockland, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationWorcester Polytechnic Institute (BSc)

In 1974, Emery ran for the United States House of Representatives against incumbent Democrat Peter Kyros and won in an upset, one of only a handful of Republican gains in a year when Democrats gained 49 seats in the House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1976, 1978, and 1980. He served as a member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee for all four terms; on the Science and Technology Committee in the 94th congress (1975-1977); and on the House Armed Services Committee during the 95th, 96th and 97th Congresses (1977 - 1983). He was a member of the House Republican leadership during the 97th Congress, serving as Chief Deputy Republican Whip under Trent Lott. In 1982, he ran for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator George J. Mitchell, a former Federal Judge who had been appointed to succeed Democrat Edmund Muskie, whom President Jimmy Carter had appointed as U.S. Secretary of State. Emery was initially thought to be the favorite, but he ran a highly critical campaign which made a negative impression, and Mitchell won the election with 61% of the vote.

In 2005 he declared his candidacy for Governor of Maine in the 2006 election. He withdrew from the race upon the entrance of 2002 nominee Peter Cianchette, but following Cianchette's withdrawal, re-entered. In the Republican primary he came in last of the three candidates on the ballot, finishing behind State Senators Chandler Woodcock of Farmington and Peter Mills of Skowhegan. Woodcock, the nominee, lost to incumbent Democrat John Baldacci in the November 2006 general election. Emery was endorsed by U.S. Senator John McCain for Governor, who urged voters to vote for Emery in the primary.

Emery endorsed Mitt Romney for President in the 2012 election.[1]

In April 2011, Emery was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services by Governor of Maine Paul LePage. In August 2012, Emery resigned from the position with no explanation given.[2]

In July 2016, Emery was chosen to run for a Maine State Senate seat against incumbent Democrat David Miramant of Camden. He was unsuccessful, receiving 48% of the vote to Miramant's 52%.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Maine GOP Leaders Endorse Romney for 2012 Archived 2012-01-27 at Archive.today
  2. ^ Mistler, Steve (September 4, 2012). "David Emery leaving LePage administration". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter Kyros
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district

1975–1983
Succeeded by
John McKernan
Party political offices
New office House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Tom Loeffler
Preceded by
Robert A. G. Monks
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Maine
(Class 1)

1982
Succeeded by
Jasper Wyman