Charles Langmaid Cragin (born October 9, 1943) is an American politician from Maine. He was the Republican nominee for governor of Maine in 1982, losing in a landslide to Democratic incumbent Gov. Joseph E. Brennan. Afterwards, Cragin was a Republican National Committee member from Maine from 1983 to 1990, and as acting U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in 2000.
Education[edit | edit source]
He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maine in 1967 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law in 1970.
Military service[edit | edit source]
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1961 and was on active duty and in the Navy Reserve until his retirement as a Captain in 1998. For his military service he was awarded the Legion of Merit and many other medals.
Early career[edit | edit source]
From 1964 to 1969 he was an announcer and newsman for WIDE Radio, WPOR Radio, and WSCH Radio & TV. All based in Biddeford and Portland. In 1969 he was a research assistant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
Legal career[edit | edit source]
Federal service[edit | edit source]
He later served in several senior capacities in the Department of Defense including Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (2000), Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel & Readiness, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (1998-2001), and Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Civil Support.
Later career[edit | edit source]
After retiring from federal service in 2001, he became a partner in the Washington, DC office of Blank Rome, LLP. In 2003 he joined System Planning Corporation (SPC) of Arlington, Virginia as its Senior Vice President for National Intelligence, Security and Response. He continues to serve as Senior Advisor to the CEO of SPC.
He served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans from 2008 to 2009.
Political candidacy[edit | edit source]
He was a Republican candidate for Governor of Maine in 1982.
References[edit | edit source]
- The United States Government Manual (1997-1998)
- Nomination of Charles L. Cragin : hearing before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, first session, on the nomination of Charles L. Cragin to be chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, February 19, 1991, page 16
- The Honorable Charles L. Cragin
- Nomination of Charles L. Cragin : hearing before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, first session, on the nomination of Charles L. Cragin to be chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, February 19, 1991, pages 16-23
- Veterans Affairs Official's bios
- "Maine Street Solutions Senior Government Affairs Counselor". http://mainestreetsolutions.com/charles-cragin.php. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- "COMMITTEE MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES". U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. http://www.va.gov/gulfwaradvisorycommittee/docs/gwacmembers-bios.pdf. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- "PN9-3 — Charles L. Cragin — Department of Veterans Affairs". 102nd United States Congress. https://www.congress.gov/nomination/102nd-congress/9/3. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Hon. Charles L. Cragin
|Party political offices|
Linwood Palmer, Jr.
|Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
John McKernan, Jr.
Rudy de Leon
|United States Under Secretary of Defense
for Personnel and Readiness
March 31, 2000 – May 23, 2000
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