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Rep. Ken Fredette was born in Houlton, Maine (Aroostook County) and lived in the small Washington County town of Danforth with his parents, Maurice and Loretta, and five siblings. Growing up in rural Maine had it’s share of financial challenges, as the family of seven struggled with the decline of the forest products industry.
Representative Fredette has always kept these humble beginnings in mind during his four terms in office, specifically while successfully advancing tax cuts and welfare-to-work legislation.
Representative Fredette graduated valedictorian from East Grand High School, and went on to earn a B.S. in Accounting at the University of Maine at Machias.
He then completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine’s Edmund Muskie School for Public Service, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. Years later, he completed coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
As is true for many small town families, the Fredettes have a proud record of military service. His Father, Maurice, served in the United States Air Force, and his brothers served in the Marines and the Army. Representative Fredette has continued to build upon this strong military heritage, and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Maine Air National Guard in Bangor’s 101st Air Refueling Wing.
In 2010, Representative Fredette was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where he served on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee during the first two years of the LePage Administration.
His commitment to control state spending didn’t go unnoticed by his colleagues, and he was chosen to be the Leader of the House Republican Caucus for the 126th, 127th, and current 128th Maine State Legislatures.
Rep. Fredette’s four terms serving the people of House District 100 (Corinna, Dixmont, Etna (part), Newport and Plymouth) will be remembered for paying off Maine's hospital debt, enacting real welfare reform, funding career training programs, implementing three historic income tax cuts, pension and regulatory reform, and most recently holding the line against new tax increases during the 2017-2019 Biennial State Budget negotiations.
Representative Fredette is no stranger to political campaigns. A lifelong Republican, he worked as a staffer for presidential candidate Bob Dole, Governor Jock McKernan’s reelection campaign, and the Hon. Rick Bennett’s congressional race.
As the House Republican Leader, he has recruited hundreds of republican house candidates from every corner of Maine.
Representative Fredette is a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Masons and the Knights of Columbus, and is past President of the Board of Directors of the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union.
Currently an attorney in private practice, he has taught courses at Eastern and Southern Maine Community Colleges. Rep. Fredette also enjoys his time coaching baseball and basketball.
Representative Fredette is the proud father of two children, Morgan and Colby, both graduates of Nokomis High School and currently attending Husson University in Bangor.
Rep. Fredette is an avid hunter and a strong supporter of Second Amendment Rights, having earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and Sportsman's Alliance of Maine for previous House races.