Steve Meister

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Stephen J Meister was a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Maine

Stephen J Meister was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 1st Congressional District (map) of Maine. He was seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Allen, who is seeking a Senate seat. He lost primary elections which took place on June 10, 2008. [1]


Positions, record and controversies


Stephen Joseph Meister (Born November 28, 1954, Queens, New York) is a Physician and Medical Director for the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program (PREP) in Augusta, Maine.

Meister established the PREP program in 1998 to speed the assessment of medical and mental health needs of children entering Maine’s foster care system. The award-winning program has served more than 1,350 children. Meister has been an adjunct clinical professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth College Medical School from 1996-present. He also teaches clinical pediatrics to students from the University of New England. Meister has been awarded more than $2 million in federal grants for medical and community services in the Mid-Maine region.

Meister was married in Portland, Maine in 1979, and resides with his wife, Dr. Dervilla McCann and their two children in Winthrop Maine.

Meister attended Brown University and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Human Biology. He played lacrosse throughout his college career, and was captain in 1976 when the Brown lacrosse team was ranked 8th in the nation. He also was named to the All Ivy and All New England lacrosse teams. The son of a boilermaker, Meister worked in the trade unions to finance his college education.

Meister was awarded a US Navy Scholarship to attend Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980 and graduated with an MD in 1984. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Columbia University in 1987, and joined the teaching faculty at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. His Navy career included duty in 1988 on board the USS New Orleans, which toured the Philippines, China, South Korea, and Japan. When the Gulf War began in 1990, Meister was deployed with the 1st Marine Division to Saudi Arabia, where he directed a field hospital emergency room treating war casualties. Meister served in the Navy Reserves following active duty, and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Commander in 2002.

His military medals, citations and ribbons include: Fleet Marine Force Ribbon; Desert Storm/Desert Shield Medal; Southwest Asian Service Medal; National Defense Letter of Commendation; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Expert Marksman Pistol; Expert Marksman Rifle.

After leaving the Naval Medical Center, San Diego in 1994, Meister became an Associate Clinical Professor at the George Washington University Medical School in Washington DC, and was awarded a Public Health Scholarship to attend graduate school at the George Washington University where he received a Masters in Health Management and Policy.

Meister and his family moved to Maine in 1996, when he joined Kennebec Pediatrics in Augusta. He worked with Maine’s Communities for Children (MCC) program and obtained grants, which funded VISTA and America’s Promise volunteers to begin an after-school care and mentorship program in his local community. Meister also developed programs to enhance services for children with special needs and to improve communication between medical providers and families.

Dr. Meister was recently recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics with a Special Achievement Award for his work with foster children in Maine.

2008 Elections

Dr. Meister, a Navy veteran of the Gulf War, declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine’s First Congressional District in Oct. 2007. He is a Democrat. He lost primary elections which took place on June 10, 2008. [1]

Money in politics

Information on this candidate's 2008 fundraising is not yet available. Stay tuned for live feeds of data from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.

Committees and affiliations


Meister will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


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References and External Links

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