Born and raised in Central Maine, Bruce is committed to ensuring that Maine families can succeed and prosper with good paying jobs and a growing Maine economy.
As the son of a teacher and nurse, Bruce was raised in a working class family where he learned about public service and the meaning of hard work.
He earned scholarships and worked to attend college. He painted metal roofs, dug sewer lines, and worked the night shift at the Wyandotte Spinning Mill in Sidney. After college, Bruce found work in the city. As the old saying goes, “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” Bruce learned to overcome the challenges of a small town kid in the big city. He earned success helping manage pensions, including those for Bath Iron Works.
After marrying his Maine sweetheart, he returned home to Maine. He then had to overcome yet another challenge when he lost his wife while his son was just a toddler. He raised his son Sammy mostly as a single dad.
Giving back, he served as Maine’s State Treasurer. He quickly earned a reputation of promoting honesty, integrity and fiscal responsibility. Bruce stopped the practice of Maine officials going on lavish trips to be wooed by Wall Street. Under Treasurer Poliquin, companies were forced to bid for Maine’s bond work resulting in thousands of dollars in savings. He was the leading voice in ending wasteful spending at the Maine State Housing Authority which lowered costs and allowed more Maine families to receive shelter. He helped eliminate 1.7 billion dollars of public pension debt. With the savings he advocated, Bruce helped usher in the largest income tax cut in Maine history.
Serving as Maine’s 2nd District Congressman, Bruce was selected to serve on one of the most powerful Committees in our nation – the Financial Services Committee – where he is working to ensure Maine families have access to affordable and stable home mortgages and automobile loans. In addition, Bruce was selected to join the Veterans Affairs Committee where he served as a strong voice for Maine’s Veterans. Bruce achieved success ushering through Legislation to help grow Maine’s economy, legislation passed by the House on wide, bipartisan margins despite the acrimony in Washington. He supported efforts to balance the budget, lower taxes, reduce red tape, fix the border, and protect Constitutional liberties including our 2nd Amendment. He also served as a Member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, and was an active member of the Women in the 21st Century Workforce working group.
Bruce is running again to bring Maine common sense to Washington.