Edwin H. Pert was an integral part of the Maine Democratic Party from the 1950s to the 1990s. Graduating from the University of Maine at Orono in 1954, Pert got involved with the gubernatorial campaign of Ed Muskie while still in college. Between 1955 and 1957, Pert served in the Army. He was involved in giving soldiers an opportunity to vote in the 1956 Presidential campaign. Upon his return to Maine in 1957, Pert became more involved with organizing the Maine Democratic Party. He became chair of the Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee, and also became Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party. He ran for legislature from Bath in 1958. He made an unsuccessful attempt at the Maine Senate in 1960. In 1964, he became Secretary of the Senate in Maine, and in 1974, he became Clerk of the House. He remained in that capacity until 1991.
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