Maine lawmaker stars in Washington Post column penned by publisher of The Nation

Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. photo by Jen Lynds/Bangor Daily News

Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. photo by Jen Lynds/Bangor Daily News

Democratic Rep. Diane Russell of Portland showed up in the Washington Post this morning as the primary subject of a column by journalism titan Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Russell, who is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, has carved out her own niche as a lawmaker who is willing to buck the will of party leaders, and vocally. Among other things, she has gained stature for her long-term advocacy for legalizing marijuana and for her work to bring ranked-choice voting to Maine.

The Nation, a magazine for which vanden Heuvel is publisher, named Russell the “Most Valuable State Representative” — yes, in the entire country — in 2011. Today’s article in the Washington Post focused on the influence of corporate and special interest money in elections and used Russell — whose campaigns have been funded by Maine’s clean elections system — as an example of someone who catapulted to office the right way.

Check out the full article here.

Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.