Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 438


Karen Ann (Hawkins) Schuler was born June 7, 1946 in Fort Dix, New Jersey at McGuire Air Force Base. Her mother was from Louisiana, and met her father while he was training for the Air Force. When Karen was nine months old, the family moved to Farmington, Maine. There, her father worked as president of a bank. She grew up in Farmington, and then attended the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). There, she received her B.A. She received an M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Maine at Orono in 1993. Her first brush with politics was early in her college career. She threatened to picket the president of UMF, Einar Olsen, for not providing adequate child care services for the older, married students. Her skills led to the creation of the Sweatt-Winter Day Care Center at the university. She has been active in many campaigns for the Maine legislature.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family history (Hawkins, Schuler); Democratic Party in Maine; meeting Ed Muskie and Bill Hathaway as a National Student Lobbyist; early political training with Violet Pease; year spent in Africa with family; legislative redistricting with Tony Buxton; Pam Scarcelli campaign; Mary Flint campaign; Jim Elias Senate district 4 campaign; Bill Hathaway campaign; George Mitchell Senate campaign; Brennan campaign; Neil Rolde campaign; Susan Farnsworth House district 91 campaign; Tom Andrews campaign; Bud Bustin campaign; Chris Krauss campaign; Beverly Bustin-Hatheway campaign; and the 2004 Presidential election.

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.