Senator Andre Cushing is currently serving his first term as the Senator for District 33, which includes seventeen communities in southern Penobscot County; Carmel, Charleston, Corinna, Corinth, Dexter, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Garland, Glenburn, Hampden, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, Plymouth, and Stetson.
Senator Cushing has been a small business owner for more than 30 years and is currently a realtor and a home builder. His experience in business has provided him with valuable insight when dealing with legislative issues. Additionally, he has been engaged in public service as a member of two town councils, a land use review board, charter review board, and has served as a member of the Penobscot County Budget Committee. Most recently Cushing completed six years on the Hampden Town Council, where he served as deputy mayor.
His past legislative service includes two terms as a state representative in the Maine House of Representatives. In the 124th Legislature, he served as the ranking Republican member of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor; upon re-election to the 125th Legislature, he was selected by his colleagues as the Assistant Majority Leader and was House Chair of the Elections Committee and Rules Committee.
Senator Cushing grew up in Bangor and attended John Bapst High School and the University of Maine. An advocate of community service, he has served on the board of numerous civic and community organizations, from Jaycees, Rotary and Kiwanis, the EMMC Children's Miracle Network, and Black Bear United Football Club. He also has been an active member of the Hampden Business Association, helping to plan and implement their annual business of the Year Award Dinner and "Welcome to Hampden" program. As a member of the town council's Communication Committee he produced more than 100 cable television shows on local events and individuals.
He and his wife, Gwen, have three adult children: Grace, Andre IV and Gerald.