In 2014, Bruce won Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat – the first Republican in almost twenty years. Two years later, he won his first re-election by a wider margin. In 2018, he won again on Election Day receiving 2,200 more votes than any of his three liberal opponents. However, after nine chaotic days of ranked choice vote counting, the Congressional seat was given to the Democrat who came in second place on Election Day.
During his four years in Washington, Bruce earned the reputation as a fearless advocate for Maine, pragmatically getting things done with both Democrats and Republicans. He was the strong and clear voice for our nearly 140,00 Maine Veterans while serving on the powerful U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee. He helped push through legislation allowing Veterans living in rural areas to receive their healthcare at local hospitals and doctor offices instead of driving several hours to TOGUS in Augusta. He co-sponsored new laws improving mental health services for suicidal Veterans and providing housing for homeless heroes.
On the House Financial Services Committee, Bruce used his decades of financial experience to make sure credit unions and community banks weren’t over-regulated and, therefore, better able to lend money to growing Maine families and small businesses. He worked with the Senate to pass new legislation to allow bank tellers, retirement advisers and insurance agents to protect seniors against financial scams.
Congressman Poliquin reached out to anyone willing to help secure our border with Mexico to stop the flow of illegal drugs killing our kids, and to protect our families against deadly infectious diseases. While supporting legislation to lower prescription drug and health insurance costs, he opposed sanctuary cities/states and free healthcare for illegal aliens. He pushed for common sense sense work requirements, job training or community service for able-bodied adults with no disabilities or dependents.
Bruce and his staff always kept their eyes and ears open for ways to improve the lives of regular Mainers. Against tremendous odds, he took on the most entrenched bureaucracy in the country, the U.S. Department of Defense, and won for Maine. For two years, he battled Washington special interests to force the Pentagon to obey the law and buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits. Today, many of these shoes are manufactured right here in Maine at three New Balance factories providing good jobs with benefits for one thousand skilled shoemakers.
Bruce is proud of his work in Congress for helping put in place the building blocks for the strongest Maine and national economies in fifty years, until the painful coronavirus pandemic hit in March, 2020. The economic foundation of lower taxes, fewer regulations, cheap energy and fairer trade deals resulted in more and better paying jobs for millions of Americans. When the COVID-19 shutdown passes, this foundation will help small businesses recover and families get on with their lives.