Severin M. Beliveau was born and raised in Rumford, Maine to Margaret (McCarthy) and Albert Beliveau, Sr. He grew up in an activist Democrat family in the 1950s and 1960s, and witnessed the rise of the Democratic Party in Maine. Mr. Beliveau attended Georgetown University, and graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1963, and practiced for a brief time in Rumford with his father and his brother, Albert Beliveau, Jr. His Maine political experience includes chairmanship of the Maine Democratic Party in the late 1960s, Democratic National Committee service, as well as state legislative experience. He also ran for governor in 1986, losing to Jim Tierney in the Democratic primary. He is married to Cynthia Murray Beliveau and they have four boys. He is currently a partner in the Maine law firm Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau, Pachios & Haley, LLC and is an influential lobbyist. He has served in such capacities as the president of the American Association of the Forum Francophone des Affaires, and the French Consular Agent for the State of Maine.
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