Jay P. McCloskey was born in Bangor, Maine on March 20, 1947 to Eleanor (McCarthy) and Frank McCloskey. He grew up in Bangor, attending Catholic schools, graduating in 1965. Mr. McCloskey went to the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1971. At the same time, he served one term in the Maine State Legislature. He also did extensive work on the Maine Labor Oral History Project, where he interviewed key players in the Maine labor movement. That collection is at the University of Maine in Orono. He worked on George Mitchell’s gubernatorial campaign, and then attended the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. He graduated in 1977. He became active in legislative work, working for Senator Muskie and Senator Hathaway. He returned to Bangor after Senator Hathaway lost his bid for reelection and practiced law. He then served as Assistant United States Attorney for thirteen years before being appointed United States Attorney by Bill Clinton in 1992. At the time of this interview, he had been in that position for eight years.
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