Jared Golden

2018 40 Under 40 Honoree

Economic Development

State Representative

Maine State House of Representatives

Lewiston State Representative and Congressional District II candidate Jared Golden at one point wanted to become a school teacher, but felt the need to serve his country after 9/11. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, and served for four years. Returning home with a deeper desire to serve his community, he has been representing Lewiston in the legislature for the last four years. “The best part,” he says, “is being able to make such a big difference in so many different types of peoples’ lives. Whether it’s passing a new law to protect children in this community from lead poisoning, helping veterans transition their military skills to civilian work, or working to help people struggling with mental illness, knowing you are making a difference is what gives the work real meaning.”

Growing up in Leeds, Jared has always considered LA his community. Jared notes, “I enjoy being part of a community that is overcoming challenges of the past, that is redeveloping and redefining itself. This is a tight knit community where you can really commit, throw in, and work together with people to build the home we want to live in.”

He sees, “Slow, steady growth and downtown redevelopment as the key to our future. Sticking with a tough plan, that might not move us forward as quickly as some would like. And above all else, working together as a community is the key.”

He likes to run, hike and spend time with his wife, and says, “If I’m really blessed with time I like Game of Thrones, a good book, and mowing lawns.” Look for Jared out and about at George’s Pizza, Bear Bones Brewing, and Ben’s Burritos.