Senator Andre Cushing, the Assistant Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. He represents the people of Senate District 10, which consists of the municipalities of Carmel, Corinna, Corinth, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Glenburn, Hampden, Hudson, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, Plymouth and Stetson.
Senator Cushing has been a small business owner for more than 30 years and is currently a realtor and a home builder. His experience in business has provided him valuable perspective when dealing with legislative issues. Additionally, he has been engaged in public service as a member of two town councils, a land use review board, charter review board and member of the Penobscot County Budget Committee. Most recently, Cushing completed six years on the Hampden Town Council, where he served as deputy mayor.
Prior to being elected to the Maine State Senate, Senator Cushing served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In the 124th Legislature, he served as the ranking Republican member of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor; upon re-election to the 125th Legislature, Senator Cushing was selected by his colleagues as the Assistant Majority Leader and was House chair of the Elections Committee and Rules Committee. During the 126th and 127th Legislatures, he served on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. This session, Senator Cushing serves on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and the Taxation Committee.
Senator Cushing grew up in Bangor and attended John Bapst High School and the University of Maine. An advocate of community service, he has served on the board of numerous civic and community organizations including Rotary and Kiwanis, Jaycees, the EMMC Children’s Miracle Network and Black Bear United Football Club. He has also been an active member of the Hampden Business Association, helping to plan and implement their annual business of the year award dinner and the “Welcome to Hampden” program. As a member of the town council’s Communication Committee, he produced more than 100 cable television shows on local events and individuals.
He and his wife, Gwen, have three adult children: Grace, Andre IV and Gerald.