Michael H. Michaud Michael H. Michaud was born January 18, 1955 in Millinocket, Maine. He has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Maine (map). He was first elected in 2002, narrowly defeating Republican Kevin Raye in the race to replace John Baldacci (who was elected Governor). The 2002 race garnered a great deal of publicity as, in a reverse of most Congressional races, Democrat Michaud was the pro-life candidate while Republican Raye was pro-choice. Michaud was the only freshman Democratic member of Congress to vote for 2003's ban on partial-birth abortion. He was re-elected in 2004, defeating Republican Brian Hamel of Presque Isle by a large margin.
He grew up in Medway, Maine, and was a mill worker before entering politics. His political career began when he campaigned to clean up the Penobscot River. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980, and in 1994 to the Maine Senate. He was unanimously elected President of the Maine Senate in 2000. In the House he serves on the Veterans Affairs Committee, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Small Business Committee.