Brian Rines was born on August 30, 1941 in Gardiner, Maine to Fred and Catherine Rines. Fred Rines was the postmaster in Gardiner and also worked on Muskie’s gubernatorial campaigns. Catherine Rines served as social secretary for Jane Muskie from 1955 to 1958. Rines became involved with politics at an early age from his parents’ interaction with political figures, and from the influence of professors at Bowdoin College, his alma mater. Rines is an active Democrat and was elected mayor of Gardiner in 1992.
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