ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week
Senator Andre Cushing is a native Mainer and was born in Bangor, Maine. He attended the University of Maine and studied business. Outside of his work in the legislature, Sen. Cushing has been a small business owner for forty years and currently serves as a real estate agent.
Sen. Cushing was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2008 where he served until 2012 when he was elected to the Maine State Senate. He is serving his second term as the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, a role he also filled in the Maine House of Representatives when the majority change occurred in 2010. Sen. Cushing is an active member of several organizations related to legislative duties but is very proud to be involved with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) where he is in his second term on the Board of Directors as well as the Maine State Chair. He has sponsored legislation that focuses on reforming healthcare, and was the lead sponsor on the strongest prescription monitoring bill passed in the nation. Additionally he has helped on bills addressing workers comp reform and expanding economic development across the state of Maine.
As part of his work in the legislature, Sen. Cushing is active on numerous committees. He’s a member of the Joint Standing Committees on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Taxation Committee. He is member of the Senate Rules Committee and was recently appointed to lead the Opioid Task Force to help address this growing problem.
In his personal life, Sen. Cushing is an active member in both civic organizations and local government, who believes in giving back to the community in which he lives. He has been a member of Jaycees, Rotary and Kiwanis, and has served as President of the EMMC Children’s Miracle Network and Black Bear United Soccer boards. Past local service includes two town councils, one as deputy mayor, a comprehensive plan committee and land use review board. He and his wife Gwen have three children and two grandchildren.