John Elias Baldacci (born January 30, 1955) is the current Governor of Maine. He was born in Bangor, Maine.
A Democrat, Baldacci was first elected in 2002, defeating Republican Peter Cianchette (41%) and Green Party nominee Jonathan Carter (9%). Baldacci had previously served as the U.S. Representative from Maine's 2nd Congressional District from 1995 to 2003.
Baldacci was first elected to public office in 1978, when he was elected to the Bangor City Council at the age of 23. He continued in politics, winning election to the Maine State Senate in 1982. Baldacci served as a State Senator for 12 years, until Olympia Snowe left the House to run for the Senate in 1994; then Baldacci won election to her open seat.