Congressman Jared Golden represents the Second District of Maine in the United States Congress, where he serves on the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.
Congressman Golden grew up in Leeds, working in his family’s multi-generational small business in Androscoggin County. Following graduation from Leavitt Area High School, Jared entered the University of Maine at Farmington with the intention of becoming a teacher. Just a year into college, however, the events of 9/11 led him to enlist in the Marines, where he served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Upon returning, he sometimes held down three jobs — from stretching pizza dough to pushing a broom — to make ends meet. The congressman went on to complete college on the GI Bill before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian to help establish schools for young Afghans. He also served as a policy advisor on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee before running to represent Lewiston in the Maine State Legislature.
Congressman Golden currently lives in Lewiston with his wife Isobel and daughter Rosemary.