John R. McKernan, Jr.

John R. McKernan, Jr.

Born May 20, 1948

John Rettie "Jock" McKernan, Jr. is an American politician who served two terms as the 71st Governor of Maine, from 1987 to 1995. Born in Bangor, Maine, McKernan attended Dartmouth College and then the University of Maine School of Law. A Republican, McKernan was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming Governor. He also served in the State House from 1973 to 1977 and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1976 and 1984.… Read More

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1948 Birth John McKernan was born in Bangor, Maine in May 1948, the son of Barbara Guild McKernan and John R. McKernan, Sr. He grew up there, attending public schools in the Bangor school system all the way through High School.


1970 22 Years Old 1 More Event
After graduating, McKernan attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1970.
1972 24 Years Old McKernan's first entry into politics was being elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1972. … Read More
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He left the state legislature in 1976 to begin practicing law at a Portland law firm. McKernan was twice elected to the United States House of Representatives, in 1982 and 1984.


1978 30 Years Old 1 More Event
While he served in the House, he had the unusual distinction of dating the other member of Maine's House delegation – Olympia Snowe. The two had met while they had earlier served in the Maine House of Representatives, and began dating in 1978. … Read More
1983 35 Years Old McKernan and Snowe met while serving in the Maine House of Representatives and again served together in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1987.


1989 41 Years Old In 1989, he married eventual U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe after the two had been dating for roughly six years.
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