Democrat Emily Cain has served as state representative from Orono for eight years, and as a state senator for Penobscot County since 2012.

During her time in the legislature, Cain has served as House minority leader and chair of the House Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. She currently chairs the Senate's Government Oversight Committee.

According to her website, Cain is focused on rebuilding Maine's economy by creating good-paying jobs, assisting small businesses seeking loans, and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Cain grew up in Illinois and graduated from high school in New Jersey. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Maine and an M.Ed. degree from Harvard University.

Cain is running against Republican Bruce Poliquin and retired Navy captain Blaine Richardson, an Independent, for Rep. Michael Michaud's vacated seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Cain says she will push for investment in Maine's specialty crops, such as blueberries and potatoes, while supporting more resources for farming communities, working to open markets for exports from the state and provide disaster assistance.

Economy and job creation

As chair of the 2006 Joint Select Committee on Research, Economic Development and the Innovation Economy, Cain helped create the Technology Asset Fund. She will continue that work by voting to raise the minimum wage and by supporting investment in public schools, universities and community colleges.

She says she will push for investment in “innovative jobs” such as those in green technology.


Believing the health of Maine's environment is also linked to the strength of the state's economy, Cain says she will fight to protect the environment and partner with local stakeholders to protect the state's natural resources.


Cain says her priorities for education include ensuring that students have access to quality early education by supporting programs that give K-12 schools and teachers the resources to deliver “high-quality, rigorous and relevant education to all students.”

She said she supports increasing access to Pell Grants and lowering interest rates on student loans.

Health care

If elected, Cain said she will work to fix current healthcare reform law to increase the quality of health care, save money and put residents in charge of their care.


As a union member, Cain said she will continue to support collective bargaining at the state and federal levels, as well work to pass equal pay for equal work and support investment in worker training.


Cain says she will protect Medicare and Social Security from cuts and help strengthen the programs to ensure they are around for future generations. She will also push back against turning Medicare into a voucher program and privatizing Social Security.


She will work to strengthen the Veterans Affairs system and to ensure the system is prepared to handle the needs of female service members. She also believes mental health should be addressed with the same seriousness as physical wounds.