Jerry Plante was born on January 8, 1945 in Waterville, Maine. He was a schoolteacher until he became a Clerk of the Maine House of Representatives. He was class president, captain of the football team, president of the debating club, and governor of Boys’ State (and through this represented Maine and met President Eisenhower at the age of 18) in high school. He met Muskie in 1954 and was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1957-1965, met his wife in high school (married 1961), and had four children (Scott, Andrea, Lisa, and Dean). Jerry graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1965, and taught at Biddeford High School. He worked as an aide to Peter N. Kyros, Sr. for eight years from 1968-1975. He became town manager of Old Orchard Beach in 1975 and served in that capacity for 15 years. In 1990, he became an insurance agent with Met Life. He is president of the local chapter of the AARP in Saco, Maine, and chairman of Saco Bay Planning Commission.
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Richard, Mike, "Plante, Jerry oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 326.