Carlton Day “Bud” Reed was born in Bath, Maine in 1930 and raised in Woolwich, Maine. He attended Colby College, graduating in the class of 1953, and worked on Muskie’s 1954 gubernatorial campaign. Reed was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1958. Losing his bid for reelection in 1960, he ran for the Senate in 1962 defeating Rodney E. Ross, Jr. Reelected in 1964, Reed ran for the Senate President’s post. Barry Goldwater’s landslide defeat in that year helped the Democrats gain control of the Maine Legislature for the first time since 1911. Following his term as Senate President, Reed served two more terms in the Maine Senate, one as minority leader. When he left the Senate, Reed returned to Woolwich as a partner in the firm of Reed & Reed, general contractors. He has been on the boards of Key Bank, University of Maine, Central Maine Power, and the State’s Board of Education.
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