United States Congress
Representative Tom Allen was elected to his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006. He was first elected in 1996 to represent the First District of Maine, which includes York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox Counties, and part of Kennebec County.
Tom Allen serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Budget Committee, and is a co-chair of the House Affordable Medicines Task Force and the bipartisan House Oceans Caucus.
From his seat on the Subcommittee on Health, Tom works on a wide range of health care issues important to Maine and the nation. He has become a nationally recognized leader on prescription drugs through his ground-breaking legislation to prevent drug price gouging of senior citizens. Tom continues to work to make prescription drugs more affordable for all Americans, in part by introducing legislation to fund studies on the comparative effectiveness of drugs. Tom has introduced legislation to fix the flaws in the new Medicare Part D program and to authorize the government to negotiate better prices on behalf of seniors. He has developed legislation to reduce health care costs for small business owners and their employees.
Tom advocates for clean air and reliable, affordable energy from his positions on the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. He supports a new national energy policy that would decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and foreign oil and encourage innovation and conservation. He has introduced bipartisan legislation to provide relief to small businesses to offset rising energy costs, and bipartisan legislation to promote energy efficiency across many sectors of our economy.
Tom Allen has been a leader in the effort to stop attempts to weaken our nation’s landmark environmental statutes. He is an outspoken critic of the proposed New Source Review rule to exempt aging power plants and other factories from Clean Air Act requirements. He fought initiatives to exempt the Department of Defense from environmental regulations. He led the effort to protect local governments from paying to clean up Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), to preserve Clean Air Act ozone regulations, and to defend the rights of communities to participate in hydropower licensing proceedings.
On the House Budget Committee, Tom fights for fiscal responsibility and federal budget priorities that invest in people and communities. He has offered amendments to prevent cuts to the Medicaid program and to increase funding for education and Navy shipbuilding. He supports "pay as you go" rules to require offsets to pay for new tax cuts or new spending.
For six years, Tom served on the House Armed Services Committee, developing an expertise on military issues that is invaluable in advocating for Maine defense industries and the needs of the troops. He has played a leadership role in national debates over unnecessary missile defense spending and new nuclear weapons research. He helped develop the alternative to the blank check that Congress gave the President on Iraq in October 2002. He has also passed legislation to reject permanent U.S. bases on Iraqi soil.
Born in Portland, Maine in 1945, Tom attended Portland’s public schools and graduated from Deering High School. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1967 and earned a B.Phil in Politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. After college, Tom worked for Senator Edmund S. Muskie and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1974. While working in a Portland law firm for 19 years, Tom was active in civic affairs. He served on the City Council and as Mayor of Portland. In 1968, Tom married his high school classmate, Diana Bell. They have two daughters.
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