Ross will be the first openly gay man elected to the U.S. Senate
Many are familiar with the Maine seen on postcards. But there is another Maine, often forgotten, with shuttered textile mills and lumberyards. Ross LaJeunesse has a vision for one Maine. His economic development plan includes the creation of well-paying, sustainable jobs for the economy of the future, high-speed internet in all areas of the state, and high-quality public schools that provide multiple pathways to success for our kids.
A native of Arundel, Ross LaJeunesse grew up in a working-class home. His father was a proud Teamster and UPS driver, and his mother babysat neighborhood kids. When his parents opened a small hardware store with friends and it failed, the family almost lost everything. His mother began cleaning the homes of wealthy families to make ends meet.
After attending Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School on loans and scholarships, Ross worked for Senators Ted Kennedy and George Mitchell. More recently, Ross led international relations for Google, where he oversaw the company’s work with multinational organizations and on human rights.
Ross left Google as it increasingly put profits ahead of people and principles. A member of the board of the LGBTQ Victory Insitute, Ross and his husband live in Biddeford, just miles from his childhood home.