Andre Cushing

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

A state senator who resigned his leadership post after being fined for violating campaign finance laws now says he has decided against seeking re-election.

Republican Sen. Andre Cushing of Newport said he appreciates the experience and friendships but says it's time to “refocus on family and personal matters.”

He stepped down from his duties as assistant majority leader last fall.

The Maine Ethics Commission last summer imposed a $1,500 fine for late reporting of campaign contributions and a $7,500 fine for violations by his leadership PAC, Respect Maine.

Legislative Update

Jun 5, 2017

The end is in sight for the current legislative session.  We’ll hear from leaders from each party on the work left to be done, as well as progress on budget negotiations, the status of education funding, the proposed mental health step-down facility, and more. 

Guests:  Andre Cushing, Assistant Senate Majority Leader, R- Newport

Jared Golden, Assistant House Majority Leader, D-Lewiston

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta. We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.


Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

AUGUSTA, Maine - The two Republican state senators accused of using campaign funds to pay for travel and lodging while also billing taxpayers for the same expenses want to clear their names.

Sens. Andre Cushing and Ron Collins are calling for a meeting of the Senate ethics panel to refute Democrats' charges that they engaged in a double-dipping scheme that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Senate Democrats are urging an investigation into what they say is a double-dipping scheme by GOP lawmakers that cost Maine taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Minority leader Justin Alfond said Sens. Andre Cushing and Ron Collins used campaign committees to pay for travel and lodging while also billing the Legislature for the same expenses.

"This is really serious stuff," Alfond said. "Thousands of dollars have been taken from hardworking Mainers and are lining these two state senators' pockets."

Pat Wellenbach / The Associated Press

LEWISTON, Maine -- Maine’s assistant Senate majority leader, Republican Andre Cushing, is being sued by his sister.