After serving one term in the Maine State Senate, this Republican Party politician became Maine's forty-eighth Secretary of State.
Following his graduation from Kewanee High School in Illinois, he received an associate's degree from Blackhawk College and a bachelor of science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After relocating to Maine, he managed a motel and opened a liquor store.
In 1994, 2004, and 2008, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
He was born in Danville and raised in Kewanee, Illinois. Between his two marriages -- to Debra Summers and Ruth Summers -- he fathered children named Thomas, Chas, and Patricia.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, he worked in the Maine office of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.