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Peter Ernest Cianchette (born June 21, 1961)[3] is an American diplomat, businessman, politician and former United States Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Peter Ernest Cianchette
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
In office
June 12, 2008 – June 22, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byPeter M. Brennan (Acting)
Succeeded byAnne Andrew
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
December 4, 1996 – December 6, 2000
Preceded bySanto DiPietro[1]
Succeeded byLarry Bliss[2]
Personal details
Born (1961-06-21) June 21, 1961 (age 58)
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materRoger Williams University
University of Maine, Orono

Early life and educationEdit

Cianchette was raised in Pittsfield, Maine. He attended Maine Central Institute and worked as a youth for the Cianbro construction and construction services company which his father, Ival "Bud" Cianchette, and his uncles, Ken, Carl and Chuck, founded in 1949. Cianchette was graduated from the University of Maine with a business administration degree.[4]


Cianchette worked in Cianbro's Dragon Products cement division until 1985. In 1985, he moved to the South Portland area and worked in business there[4] with The Cianchette Group, a public affairs management and business consulting firm; the Portland-based private investment firm, CHK Capital Partners; and, starting in 1998, the business and public affairs consulting firm, Pierce Atwood Consulting, where he served as chief operating officer and executive vice-president.[5]

Public sectorEdit

Cianchette served two terms as a Maine State Representative (1996–2000) from South Portland and Cape Elizabeth and was the Republican candidate in Maine's 2002 gubernatorial election, making a credible showing. He served on the National Republican Committee and as the Maine General Chairman of the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.[5][6]

Cianchette was appointed ambassador by President Bush and sworn in on May 8, 2008. He presented his credentials on June 12, 2008[3][5][6] and served until June 19, 2009.[5][6] He was the 56th person to hold the position and was succeeded by Anne S. Andrew.

Return to private sectorEdit

After service in Costa Rica, Cianchette rejoined Cianbro as vice president of business development, announced Cianbro chairman and CEO Peter Vigue.

Personal and civic lifeEdit

A community and civic activist, Cianchette served as a director on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine and also served on the Republican National Committee and as director of the Greater Portland Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boy Scouts of America/Pine Tree Council, the Portland Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Maine Community College Foundation, YES! to Youth.[5][6] Cianchette is an alumni initiate brother of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

He lives in Maine with his wife Carolyn and their two children, Evan and Maria.[4]


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  3. ^ a b "PETER E. CIANCHETTE(1961-)". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  4. ^ a b c Ricker, Nok-Noi, "Cianchette takes Cianbro post after stint as U.S. ambassador", Bangor Daily News, July 01, 2009 9:47 pm. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Peter Cianchette out of date bio". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  6. ^ a b c d "Peter Cianchette". Council of American Ambassadors. Retrieved 2011-07-26.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Longley
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Chandler Woodcock
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Brennan
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
Succeeded by
Anne Andrew