President Appoints Senator King to Roosevelt Park Commission
Jan 23, 2017
President Barack Obama has appointed United States Senator Angus King, (I-ME) as the newest member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission. Senator King replaces former Senator Thomas Harkin, (D-IA) . Sen. King will serve as a full US member of the Commission that governs the International Park preserving the history of the Franklin and Eleanor Rosevelt and the legacy of friendship between the United States and Canada.
(Campobello Island, New Brunswick, CA Jan. 20, 2017)
President Barack Obama has appointed United States Senator Angus King, (I-ME) as the newest member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission. Sen. King will serve as a full US member of the Commission that governs the International Park preserving the history of the Franklin and Eleanor Rosevelt and the legacy of friendship between the United States and Canada.
Sen King replaces, former Senator Thomas Harkin (D-IA) who resigned from the Commission in January after serving 16 years as a member of the Commission.
Upon his appointment, Sen. King commented, “Campobello Park is a treasure, both for Maine and for our nation, which has been admired by generations of Americans including myself. Not only does Campobello bind us to our cherished history, but, as the only park in the world to be owned and administered jointly by two countries, it also continues to serve as a symbol of our valued relationship with our Canadian neighbors.”Sen. King further added, “I am honored by this appointment and pledge to work to protect Campobello so that it may continue to inspire Americans and Canadians alike for many years to come.”
Christopher Roosevelt, Chairman of the Roosevelt Park’s governing Commission and grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, welcomed Senator King to the Commission on behalf of the Vice Chairman, Edward McLean, and the Commission, stating, ‘Senator King and his wife Mary Herman have been friends of and regular visitors to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, know the region the Park serves extraordinarily well, and will be wonderful partners in furthering the capabilities of the Park to serve its over 150,000 visitors annually. We are all looking forward to working with Senator King.”
About Senator King
In January 2013, Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe.
A strong believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building, Senator King is proud to join the long line of thoughtful, independent leaders from the State of Maine, and he works hard every day to bring Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions for Maine and America. He is a proven consensus-builder who “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em”, putting civility and respect ahead of political ideology.
Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He has made it a priority not to miss Committee hearings, earning him praise from his colleagues and the reputation as a workhorse in the Senate. Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) once called Senator King “one of the most serious and hard-working members” of the Committee.
Senator King also served as the 72nd Governor of Maine, and during his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation. Then-Governor King also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history.
Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and six grandchildren. He was born in Virginia and attended Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Maine outdoors – either on his Harley or with his family in their camper.
About Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, made up of equal members from Canada and the United States, is the governing body tasked with the administration of the world’s only true “international park,” established by a 1964 agreement between the United States and Canada. The Park is a testament to the friendship and mutual respect between the two sovereign, neighboring nations as well as a memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Park is open to visitors seven days a week from the Saturday following Victoria Day (Saturday prior to US Memorial Day) through to the Saturday following Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Columbus Day. For further information, please contact:
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