January 6, 2011
Contact: Charles Summers, Jr.

Charles E. Summers, Jr. Takes Oath of Office as Maine's 48th Secretary of State

AUGUSTA, ME— Charles E. Summers of Scarborough was sworn in by Governor Paul R. LePage on Wednesday, January 6 in the House Chamber to serve as Maine's 48th Secretary of State. Summers was elected by secret ballot during a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate on December 3, 2010.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and honored to work with the 125th Legislature and the Executive to move Maine forward", said Summers.

Summers has served in various elected and appointed positions in state and federal government, most recently as the New England Regional Administrator (Region I) for the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this capacity, he was responsible for SBA District Offices in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont with oversight of the SBA's financing, marketing and outreach efforts in the six-state region.

Summers grew up in his family's hotel business and later managed motels in Bangor and South Portland, Maine, and has owned and run his own small businesses. Born in Danville, Illinois in 1959, he grew up in Kewanee, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A resident of Maine since 1983, he lives in Scarborough with his wife, Ruth. He is the father of three children, Tricia, Chas, and Thomas