Jared Golden for Congress
Jared Golden was born and raised in Leeds, Maine, a small dairy farm town of about 2,000 people. As a teenager, he attended Leavitt Area High School and worked at a local pizza restaurant. In 2002, after spending a year at the University of Maine, Farmington, Jared joined the Marine Corps infantry in response to the September 11th attacks. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After returning home to Maine, Jared attended Bates College. After graduating, he worked for an international logistics firm and then for Sen. Susan Collins on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where he led efforts to reauthorize the FIRE/SAFER Grants in 2012.
Eager to get back to Maine, Jared returned home in 2013 to work for the House Democratic Office in the Maine Legislature. As a Democrat, Jared ran and was elected to the Maine House in 2014, representing the city of Lewiston. Now in his second term, he has been elected by his peers to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader.
This year, Jared sponsored a bill to make it easier for firefighters, police officers, and EMT’s to access workers’ compensation benefits for work-related post-traumatic stress, which was a priority of the Professional Firefighters of Maine. Jared has also successfully advocated for increased funding and needed changes to state assistance programs for veterans, including mental health.
Today, Jared and Isobel live in Lewiston and he’s running for Congress because he wants to continue fighting for the honest, hardworking people of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.