Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 286


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Brian’s mother, Catherine Rines, who was social secretary for Jane Muskie; Bowdoin College; his father’s campaign work for Muskie; driving Muskie stories; Muskie’s public speaking abilities; Muskie’s environmental support (“Mr. Clean”); Gardiner, Maine community; Democratic Party in Maine; and Brian’s time as mayor of Gardiner.

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.