Maine Governor Jack McKernan
As two-term Maine governor, McKernan established centers of innovation to bolster its economy. He also invested heavily in education to ensure Maine could compete with other states and countries.
McKernan currently serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, providing advice and counsel on a broad range of business issues. He and Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, reside in Falmouth, Maine.
Early Life and Education
Before being elected to Congress, McKernan served two terms as governor of Maine – running two campaigns with promises to improve schools and create jobs without significant tax increases.
He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps before being elected to serve in Maine’s state House of Representatives.
While serving, he has worked diligently to grow as an individual while being part of this role, participating in training programs that resulted in his receiving the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Academy of Excellence certificate. Additionally, he presided over multiple Eagle Scout ceremonies as well as being involved with other community events and his personal life includes being married to former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.
McKernan garnered national acclaim during both of his terms as governor for his leadership and innovation in education and workforce development issues. Additionally, he served on the boards of directors for BorgWarner and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as well as American Action Forum in Washington D.C.
Badou Jack “The Ripper” lived up to his name on Saturday night as he decisively outboxed Blake McKernan in an undoubtedly impressive fight as part of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Mike Tyson main event. From the opening bell, Jack displayed impressive skills as he consistently dug his combinations deep to McKernan’s body while peppering McKernan’s head with powerful shots – this fight marked the first time Jack ever competed at cruiserweight, having previously competed at light heavyweight division.
Achievement and Honors
McKernan’s company has grown into one of the largest in its field in the West. Comprised of 23 helicopters (21 in Van Nuys and one each in Hawaii and Orange County), with 14 full-time pilots employed on full time contracts as well as 12 additional part timers available as needed, it boasts the biggest fleet.
He is well known as an experienced, safe pilot. In fact, Tom Selleck and Will Smith have flown on his helicopters.
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Edward was an Army veteran who saw combat during World War II with the Eighth Armored Division across Europe. With his wife Regina he raised four children: Edward, Ann, Tom and Jim.
Campaigning under the slogan, “Maine the Opportunity State”, he ran on creating better schools and jobs to transform Maine into “the opportunity state”. However, facing stiff opposition in Democratic incumbent Congressman James Tierney.
After his term as governor, McKernan joined a consulting and investment firm in Portland, Maine before joining the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation as senior adviser, providing advice to both businesses and their employees on a wide variety of issues. He currently sits on both BorgWarner and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s boards as well.
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