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He was first elected in 1996, defeating Republican James Longley Jr. 55%-45%. Since then Allen has been reelected with 60% in 1998 over Ross Connolly, 60% in 2000 over Jane Amero, and 64% in 2002 over Steven Joyce.
He was born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and Harvard University, and was a lawyer, a staff member for Governor Kenneth B. Curtis and for Senator Edmund S. Muskie, and Mayor of Portland, Maine before entering the House.
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