WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Senator Snowe's former Chief of Staff Jane Calderwood to be his new Legislative Director. Calderwood is replacing Nora Todd, who worked for Michaud for over four years and is joining the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as Senior Policy Advisor later this month.
"I've known Jane for years and have always respected her approach to policymaking," said Michaud. "Her passion for our great state and her effective, bipartisan track record of getting things done makes her a perfect fit for leading my legislative agenda in Congress. I look forward to working together again, and I know the people of Maine will be well served by her depth of knowledge and results-driven approach."
Calderwood, who starts in Michaud's office this month, helped Senator Snowe close down her Senate office in 2012 and spent much of last year cataloguing the senator's archives. Calderwood's biography is below:
Jane Calderwood was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. She is a graduate of Bangor High School and has a BA in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston. While attending Bates, Jane interned for then Congresswoman Olympia Snowe in both her Bangor District office and her Washington office.
Upon graduation from Bates in 1983, Jane began working for Congresswoman Snowe in her Bangor office as a caseworker. In 1985 she moved to Washington to work in the DC office. She became a Legislative Assistant in 1986 and worked on health care, veterans issues, trade adjustment assistance, labor and congressional reform. In 1993 Jane was promoted to Legislative Director, a job she retained when Snowe was elected to the Senate in 1994. She became Chief of Staff in 2001.
Among her major accomplishments in the legislative arena were the creation and successful completion of the strategy that placed the 2003 tax cut at $350 billion, instead of the proposed $1 trillion; negotiating passage of an amendment to provide free land conveyance of closed base's property to the community in 1994; the addition of $3 billion in child care funding in the 1995 Welfare Reform Bill that provided the compromise necessary to pass the bill; the creation of a bipartisan Coalition of Northeast states that led to $130 million being appropriated in emergency federal funding to pay for the 1998 Ice Storm devastation of the state's utility infrastructure; and leading the floor strategy for the adoption of the electioneering communications amendment to the McCain/Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill.
In 2004, after 20 years with Senator Snowe, Jane became Vice President of Brown and Company which represented the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA). ASA was the trade association for the shipyards, including Bath Iron Works, that built ships for the US Navy. She also represented companies, both large and small, that manufactured equipment for these ships.
In 2009, Jane became Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for Airports Council International-North America. She ran their government affairs program, worked with airports and their community leaders on issues ranging from construction funding to security, represented the association at conferences before groups like the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties, and played a lead role in the development of the Association's Airports for the Future Campaign.
Jane is the daughter of Thomas and Martha Calderwood of Searsport, Maine.