Chandler E. Woodcock was born in Mechanic Falls and raised in Farmington. His Maine roots are deep. He was named after his great-great grandfather Chandler, a sea captain from Portland. One of his grandfathers was a "river driver" in the historic Maine log drives of the 1920’s and 30’s and the head machinist for J.W. Penny, the company that worked on engine parts for the Stanley Steamer. A step-grandfather worked for one of Maine's railroads. His father was a manager at Forster Manufacturing Company in Wilton, which at the time was the largest manufacturer of wooden toothpicks in the world. Both of his parents served their country in WWII, his father with the Army Air Corps and his mother as a United States Marine.
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After high school, Chan enlisted in the Army and served his country in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon returning home, he received his BS Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and served more than 25 years as a public high school teacher. He taught Secondary English at Livermore Falls High School, Mt. Blue High School, and at Skowhegan Area High School. He also coached basketball at each school and led the Mt. Blue High School Girls' Basketball team to two state Class A championships in 1999 and 2000.
Chan's public service at the local level includes 5 years on the Board of Selectmen in Farmington, serving one year as Chairman of the Board. At the state level, he is currently serving his third term in the Maine Senate, having served previously in the 120th and 121st Legislatures. During his first term in the Maine Senate, Senator Woodcock served on the Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Legal and Veterans' Affairs Committee. In his second term, his caucus elected him to leadership, where he served as the Assistant Senate Republican Leader during the 121st Maine Legislature. As a member of leadership, he was a member of the 10-person Legislative Council and served on the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.
Chan and his wife Charlotte (known as "Charlie" by most) have been happily married for 32 years. She manages Franklin Health Access, which provides healthcare for those who can't afford health insurance and is an entity of the Healthy Community Coalition. They have three daughters and a son. Their oldest daughter, Kristen, is a stay at home mom who takes care of their first two grandchildren. She is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Their son, Seth, is a University of Maine graduate who is employed by Maine Medical Center as a campaign officer raising funds for several capital projects including the expansion of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. Their daughter, Sarah, who graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington, is a 7th Grade teacher at Windham Middle School. Megan, their youngest daughter, is also a graduate of UMF and an instructor at the university in the Department of Health Education.
In his spare time, Chan enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, writing poetry, painting watercolors and playing the guitar. An avid outdoorsman and a registered Maine Guide, his passion for the outdoors is strong. He also preaches from time-to-time as a lay minister. Chandler and his wife reside in Farmington.
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