Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 408


Barry J. Hobbins was born May 17, 1951 in Biddeford, Maine and grew up in Saco, Maine. Aside from two years that he spent at St. Michael’s College, he has lived in Saco all of his life. Hobbins became involved with politics in 1972 when he was elected to the Maine state legislature. He ran for the U.S. Congress in 1984, and served in the state senate from 1988 to 1990. He was also the state chairman at one time. He worked on Ed Muskie’s presidential campaign in 1972 and his senatorial campaign in 1976. At the time of this interview, Barry was the Democratic state representative from Saco.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family and educational background; interest in politics; 1960 presidential nomination; Maine legislature; 1972 presidential campaign; Muskie’s campaign for reelection to the Senate in 1976; Muskie’s pro-war stance; Muskie’s appointment as Secretary of State; 1980 Democratic National Convention; Muskie’s environmental legislation; and connections to various political figures in Maine.

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.