October 14, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a statement from Senator King following the passing of David Flanagan, a distinguished Maine leader who led Central Maine Power (CMP) during the Ice Storm of 1998 and worked closely with then-Governor King to address the crisis. Flanagan also served in a number of different public service roles, including within federal and state government, and served as President of the University of Southern Maine.
“David Flanagan was a friend, a leader, and a solid citizen of Maine – and, in the midst of a crisis, he was the partner you wanted by your side,” said Senator King. “The Ice Storm of 1998 was one of the most serious challenges our state has ever faced – and during that perilous moment, David was tireless in working to help Maine people in need. We weren’t in touch on a daily basis; we were in touch on an hourly basis, keeping each other updated on the work underway and the problems that still needed attention. David’s contributions to this effort were so vital that I once interrupted a live television interview to answer his call, with no hesitation whatsoever.
“David’s resolve and strength under pressure were a testament to his fierce commitment and his wide range of skills honed by a career dedicated to public service. He leaves behind a massive legacy, impacting every aspect of Maine from government to education to the state’s largest utility – and through his efforts, he made our state a demonstrably better place to live. Mary and I will miss him deeply, and we are holding his wife Kaye and all of his loved ones in our hearts.”