Sara Gideon was born in 1971. She is challenging Senator Susan Collins in the race for Maine’s Senate seat.
Sara Gideon is currently serving as the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. First elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2012, Gideon represents district 48, which includes part of Freeport and Pownal in Cumberland County. Gideon was reelected in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
In 2016, she was elected as Speaker in 2016 after having served as Assistant Majority Leader in the previous legislature. Prior to joining the Maine House of Representatives, Gideon served as Vice Chair of the Freeport Town Council.
The Democratic primary in Maine took place on July 14, 2020. Gideon won the primary with over 70% of the vote.
Below is Sara Gideon’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
In early 2020, Gideon, as Maine’s House Speaker, spearheaded the efforts to pass a resolution that adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism.
Sara Gideon supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When asked about annexation of land in the West Bank, Gideo said that “unilateral annexation is a dangerous step that threatens the security of Israel and its neighbors, and puts the goal of a two-state solution at risk.”
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Resolution adopting the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism https://embassies.gov.il/boston/PressRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ME-State-Legislature-takes-an-important-step-in-the-fight-against-global-anti-Semitism.aspx