Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Robert Ruttmann

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 207


James R. “Jim” Handy was born in Lewiston, Maine on July 26, 1954. His parents were Robert E., Sr. and Josephine (Palman) Handy, and he is third generation Polish-American. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1972, and attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. He has been a member of local, county, and state Democratic Committees and was a member of the Environmental Action Club. He was in the Maine house of representatives from 1982-92 and served two years in the Maine state senate from 1992-4. He was chair of Labor Committee, the Aging, Retirement and Veterans’ Committee, and the Legal Affairs Committee.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1969-72 presidential campaign; 1972 Manchester Union Leader; environmental protection; Vietnam War; civil rights; anecdote about maternal grandfather; Jimmy Carter; unspoken racism in Maine; paternal grandmother: first Democratic Chair of the Board of Voter Registration in Auburn; one-armed paper hanger anecdote: great uncle; Muskie as a speaker; Bill Bradley; Androscoggin River; and the election of 2000.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.