Senator Brian Langley
Brian grew up in Barre Vermont, the oldest of three sons. Barre is known as the “Granite Capitol of the World” and many members of Brian’s family work in the granite industry. Brian attributes his “Blue Collar” work ethic to these hard working family members.
Brian started his education in a two-room school house and then moved into the new Barre Town Elementary School. He then attended Spaulding High School playing football for four years and studying culinary arts at Barre Regional Vocational School. He credits his success in life to the guidance he got from his chef instructor. All through school he worked in the family restaurant along with his two brothers.
After graduating high school Brian entered the Community College of Vermont where he studied Culinary Arts. Brian left the Green Mountain state in 1978 to work in Bar Harbor Maine for his high school football coach, who had purchased a restaurant on the pier. There he met a local girl, Jane Bromley and became a “Mainer”. They married in 1983.
In 1981 Brian was hired by the Ellsworth School Department to run the newly formed Culinary Arts program at Boggy Brook Regional Vocational School (later named Hancock County Technical Center). This was the beginning of a 27 year career. He matriculated his Culinary Arts degree into the University of Southern Maine where he earned a bachelor's degree in Vocational/Occupational Education.
Brian and Jane were blessed in 1985 with the birth of their daughter Sarah. In the summer of 1986 Brian and Jane leased the Oak Point Lobster Pound in Trenton for what would turn out to be a ten year stint on Western Bay. Later, in December of 1986, Brian and Jane were blessed with the birth of their son David.
In 1989 the family moved into Ellsworth to be closer to the schools and Brian's work. Brian entered Syracuse University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Food Service Management. By 1995 Brian and Jane had made a name for themselves running Oak Point Lobster Pound. They wanted to move their business to Ellsworth to be closer to home. In 1996 they built the Union River Lobster Pot on the banks of the historic Union River.
The children are now grown. Sarah attended Colby College and earned a PhD in Statistical Genetics from Imperial College in London and is doing research there for Kings College. David graduated from the University of Michigan with BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Japanese. David works in Osaka Japan for Diamond Electric, an auto parts manufacturer with plants in Michigan and Japan. David has two children, Emma and Itsuki.
Brian retired from the Ellsworth School Department in 2008 and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives and served on the Taxation Committee . In 2010, Rep Langley was elected to the Maine Senate and was re-elected in 2012. Senator Langley currently sits on the Education and Cultural Affairs committee as the minority chair. He is passionate about Vocational Education as well as providing an appropriate education for all learners.