Meet Austin

Austin Theriault is an Aroostook County-born entrepreneur and former NASCAR driver who is committed to making Maine’s 2nd Congressional District a better place for working-class Mainers to live.

He hails from a multi-generational logging and farming family with deep roots in Aroostook County’s St. John Valley. His family has instilled in him a love of Maine, a respect for hard work, and a dedication to community service. That’s where his passion to help regular Mainers who are struggling comes from – and why he’s dedicated to making a difference.

At age 16, he took over the management of his racing career handling contract negotiations, sponsorship agreements and all administrative tasks. During this time he used these skills and hard work to pursue authentic partnerships and forge relationships across multiple industries.

Austin shared Maine’s “Open for Business” slogan on a national stage when he drove the “Maine Car” at Kentucky Speedway in 2014.

His efforts paid off in 2017 when he captured the ARCA Racing Series national championship in what many called a “dream season”. During this time he also started mentoring and training younger drivers in an effort to bring common sense and transparency to an industry with many barriers to entry – not that different from today’s political climate, where he strives to put “People over politics.”

After Austin stepped away from driving, he fully focused on the business side of the sport where he excels in mentoring, managing and training new drivers. Austin is someone who works to build bridges and will use all he has learned from his family and entrepreneurial efforts to do the same in Washington.

Austin’s family in 2003 and 2023

Following his successful racing career that took him across the country to NASCAR’s most legendary tracks, Austin returned to Fort Kent and chose to devote his time to serving the people of Maine.

Last year, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, representing much of the St. John Valley. Born and raised in Fort Kent, Austin knows what our state faces. Regular Mainers are being priced out and attacked by people in government who hold too much power and not enough common sense. It’s time for energetic and effective leadership for Maine at a national level.

During his first term in Augusta, Austin wasted no time – he got bipartisan legislation passed that will help fix Maine’s roads. He also helped create a new bipartisan law that will bring more manufacturing jobs and lower energy costs to rural Maine.

However, he also saw that much more needs to be done for rural Maine immediately – and that’s why he’s running for the United States House of Representatives.

Mainers in the Second Congressional District need a voice in Washington who understands their way of life – and will fight for that way of life while forging relationships that will benefit Mainers for years to come.