|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Tom Loeffler|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maine's 1st district
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||Peter Kyros|
|Succeeded by||John McKernan|
David Farnham Emery
September 1, 1948
Rockland, Maine, U.S.
|Education||Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BSc)|
David Farnham Emery (born September 1, 1948) is an American politician from Maine. A former Republican U.S. Representative, Emery grew up in Rockland before attending college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received a BS in electronics engineering in 1970. Upon graduating, he entered politics. He served in the Maine House of Representatives 1970–1974 and was active in the Republican Party.
In 1974, Emery ran for the United States House of Representatives against incumbent Democrat Peter Kyros and won in an upset, one of only a handful of Republican gains in a year when Democrats gained 49 seats in the House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1976, 1978, and 1980. He served as a member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee for all four terms; on the Science and Technology Committee in the 94th congress (1975–1977); and on the House Armed Services Committee during the 95th, 96th and 97th Congresses (1977–1983). He was a member of the House Republican leadership during the 97th Congress, serving as Chief Deputy Republican Whip under Trent Lott. In 1982, he ran for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator George J. Mitchell, a former Federal Judge who had been appointed to succeed Democrat Edmund Muskie, whom President Jimmy Carter had appointed as U.S. Secretary of State. Emery was initially thought to be the favorite, but he ran a highly critical campaign which made a negative impression, and Mitchell won the election with 61% of the vote.
In 2005 he declared his candidacy for Governor of Maine in the 2006 election. He withdrew from the race upon the entrance of 2002 nominee Peter Cianchette, but following Cianchette's withdrawal, re-entered. In the Republican primary he came in last of the three candidates on the ballot, finishing behind State Senators Chandler Woodcock of Farmington and Peter Mills of Skowhegan. Woodcock, the nominee, lost to incumbent Democrat John Baldacci in the November 2006 general election. Emery was endorsed by U.S. Senator John McCain for Governor, who urged voters to vote for Emery in the primary.
In April 2011, Emery was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services by Governor of Maine Paul LePage. In August 2012, Emery resigned from the position with no explanation given.
- United States Congress. "David F. Emery (id: E000175)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district
|Party political offices|
|New office|| House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
Robert A. G. Monks
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Maine