In the lead up to primary contests and the November general election, candidates for federal and state office across the country are signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to oppose and vote against any legislation that would result in a net tax hike. 

16 sitting governors have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with Governors Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.), Greg Abbott (R-Texas), and Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) the most recent to sign. That number is poised to increase this November, with Taxpayer Protection Pledge signing gubernatorial candidates like Rebecca Kleefisch on the ballot in Wisconsin and Paul LePage in Maine. 

Paul LePage, if elected this November to once again become Maine’s governor, will increase the ranks of governors who have taken tax hikes off the table. LePage will also have help from an increasing number of Maine state legislators who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in recent weeks. 

Thanks to the leadership and hard work of Representative John Andrews, 53 state legislative candidates in Maine recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Of those 53 new Maine Pledge signers, 18 of them are incumbent legislators running for reelection. 

“I am so excited to see the crop of candidates and incumbents who stepped up to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge this year in Maine. Signing their names to a written commitment to their constituents and the taxpayers of Maine to not raise taxes sets them apart from anyone they run against this Fall.” 

Looking at the federal level, there are currently 180 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 44 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 85% percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. More than 1,000 sitting state legislators have signed the pledge, a number that is poised to grow this fall, thanks in part to the efforts of taxpayer champions like Representative John Andrews in Maine. The following are the newest Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in Maine: 

Amy ArataSue Bernard
David HagganRyan McMann
Gary DrinkwaterPeter Lyford
Jack DucharmeGrace Tibbetts
Jennifer PoirierEric Rojo
John AndrewsAnnie Christy
Jon ConnorBarbara Bagshaw
Laurel LibbyChad Perkins
Meldon CarmichaelCharles Ellis
Michael LemelinCrystal Robinson
Randall GreenwoodDavid Boyer
Rick MasonDonna Dodge
Sheila LymanDuncan Haass
Shelley RudnickiEdward Polewarcyz
Sherman HutchinsElizabeth Jordan
Steven FosterFred Sanborn-Silvers
Thomas MartinGregory E. Foster
Tracy QuintGuy Lebida

James White

Jennifer Morin

Jody Brown

Karen Lockwood

Katrina Smith

Lucas Lanigan

Mark Babin

Mark Rouillard

Ronald Russell

Ruth Ann Malcolm

Scott Eccleston

Sierra Scribner

Stephen Davis

Susan Butterworth

Tammy Schmersal-Burgess

Tiffany Estabrook

Timothy Guerrette

For a list of all candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, check ATR’s Pledge database.