John Jr.

American politician John Jr.

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.
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20 May 1948

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  • 1989
    Age 40
    In 1989, he married eventual U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe after the two had been dating for roughly six years.
  • 1983
    Age 34
    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.
  • 1978
    Age 29
    McKernan has been married twice. His first marriage was to Judith Files. They had one child together, Peter McKernan, but the couple subsequently divorced in 1978.
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    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 27
    McKernan's second term became defined by partisan battles with the state legislature's Democratic majority over fiscal management, given a large budget deficit and a constitution that prohibited borrowing to offset budget gaps. He threatened to invoke a 1976 law permitting the governor to make "fair and equitable" spending reductions to comply with the state's balanced-budget mandate.
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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.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    McKernan's first entry into politics was being elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1972.
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  • 1970
    Age 21
    He then returned to Maine and joined the Maine Army National Guard, which he served in from 1970 until 1973.
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    After graduating, McKernan attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1970.
  • 1948
    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.
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