Maine House of Representatives

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Maine House of Representatives
Maine State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 Terms (8 years)
History
New session started
December 5, 2012
Leadership
Mark Eves (D)
since December 5, 2012
Majority Leader
Jeff McCabe (D)
since December 3, 2014
Minority Leader
Kenneth W. Fredette (R)
since December 5, 2012
Structure
Seats 151
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Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article IV, Part First, Maine Constitution
Salary Session 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(151 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(151 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
Website
Maine House of Representatives

The Maine House of Representatives is the lower house of the Maine Legislature. The House consists of 151 members (excluding three nonvoting members) representing an equal amount of districts across the state. Each voting member of the House represents around 8,800 citizens of the state. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine House of Representatives usually have outside employment as well. Members are limited to four consecutive terms of two years each, but may run again after two years.

The House meets at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Leadership of the House[edit]

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

The 101st and current Speaker is Democrat Mark Eves of North Berwick. The Majority Leader is Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan. The Minority Leader is Republican Kenneth Fredette of Newport.

Composition of the 127th Maine House of Representatives[edit]

127th Legislature - 2015-2016
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Ind Vacant
End of previous legislature 77 72 1 150 1
Begin 58 89 4 151 0
September 4, 2014 57 89 4 151 1
End of previous legislature
Begin 68 79 4 151 0
Latest voting share 45% 52.3% 2.6%
Non-voting members 3 3 0

Nonvoting members of the House[edit]

The three nonvoting members within the House represent the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Maliseet Tribe. The special Representatives can sponsor legislation relating specifically to the Tribes or in relation to Tribal - State land claims, as well as co-sponsor any other legislation brought before the House, but do not cast a legislative vote due to their unique tribal status representing their tribal members only. The Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet tribal representatives are also entitled to sit as members of joint standing committees during hearings and deliberations, where they do cast votes, which can be very important with respect to specific legislative proposals.

Starting with the 126th Legislature, the Houlton Band of Maliseets was given a legislative seat in the House of Representatives. The first elected occupant of the seat is Henry John Bear. After being sworn in by Governor Paul LePage, Bear stated he would introduce legislation to give the Micmac people of Maine a nonvoting seat. [1]

Independents and other parties[edit]

Due to the independent political tradition in the state, the Maine House of Representatives has been an entry ground for several of the state's prominent Independent politicians. From 2002 to 2006, Representative John Eder of Portland (District 118), of the Maine Green Independent Party, served in the Legislature and as the highest elected Green politician in U.S. politics. Eder secured recognition as a one-member Green Party caucus in the House, receiving a dedicated staff person assigned to him, something individual legislators in the Maine House do not have. In the 2006 elections, Eder lost his seat to a Democratic challenger.

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party Hometown
Speaker of the House Mark Eves Democratic North Berwick
Majority Leader Jeff M. McCabe Democratic Skowhegan
Majority Whip Sara Gideon Democratic Freeport
Minority Leader Kenneth W. Fredette Republican Newport
Minority Whip Vacant Republican

Members of the Maine House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Term-limited
1 Deane Rykerson Democratic Kittery 2020
2 Roberta Beavers Democratic South Berwick 2018
3 Lydia Blume Democratic York 2022
4 Patricia Hymanson Democratic York 2022
5 Beth O'Connor Republican Berwick 2022
6 Mark Eves Democratic North Berwick 2016
7 Robert A. Foley Republican Wells 2022
8 Christopher Babbidge Democratic Kennebunk 2022
9 H. Stedman Seavey Republican Kennebunkport 2022
10 Wayne Parry Republican Arundel 2018
11 Ryan Fecteau Democratic Biddeford 2022
12 Martin J. Grohman Democratic Biddeford 2022
13 George W. Hogan Democratic Old Orchard Beach 2022
14 Barry Hobbins Democratic Saco 2020
15 Justin Chenette Democratic Saco 2020
16 Donald G. Marean Republican Hollis 2020
17 Dwayne W. Prescott Republican Waterboro 2022
18 Anne-Marie Mastraccio Democratic Sanford 2020
19 William F. Noon Democratic Sanford 2020
20 Karen Gerrish Republican Lebanon 2022
21 James J. Campbell Independent Newfield 2020
22 Jonathan L. Kinney Republican Limington 2020
23 Michael Shaw Democratic Standish 2016
24 Mark Bryant Democratic Windham 2022
25 Patrick Corey Republican Windham 2022
26 Linda Sanborn Democratic Gorham 2016
27 Andrew McLean Democratic Gorham 2020
28 Heather Sirocki Republican Scarborough 2018
29 Karen Vachon Republican Scarborough 2022
30 Kim Monaghan-Derrig Democratic Cape Elizabeth 2016
31 Terry Morrison Democratic South Portland 2016
32 Scott Hamann Democratic South Portland 2020
33 Kevin Battle Republican South Portland 2022
34 Andrew Gattine Democratic Westbrook 2020
35 Dillon Bates Democratic Westbrook 2022
36 Denise Harlow Democratic Portland 2018
37 Richard Farnsworth Democratic Portland 2020
38 Matthew Moonen Democratic Portland 2020
39 Diane Russell Democratic Portland 2016
40 Benjamin Chipman Independent Portland 2018
41 Erik C. Jorgensen Democratic Portland 2020
42 Peter Stuckey Democratic Portland 2016
43 Mark Dion Democratic Portland 2018
44 Teresa S. Pierce Democratic Falmouth 2022
45 Michael Timmons Republican Cumberland 2022
46 Paul Chace Republican Durham 2022
47 Janice E. Cooper Democratic Yarmouth 2020
48 Sara Gideon Democratic Freeport 2020
49 Matthea E. L. Daughtry Democratic Brunswick 2020
50 Ralph Tucker Democratic Brunswick 2022
51 Joyce McCreight Democratic Harpswell 2022
52 Jennifer DeChant Democratic Bath 2020
53 Jeffrey Pierce Republican Dresden 2022
54 Denise Tepler Democratic Topsham 2022
55 Brian Hobart Republican Bowdoinham 2022
56 Dale Crafts Republican Lisbon 2016
57 Stephen Wood Republican Sabattus 2018
58 Michel Lajoie Democratic Lewiston 2016
59 Margaret Rotundo Democratic Lewiston 2016
60 Jared Golden Democratic Lewiston 2022
61 Heidi Brooks Democratic Lewiston 2022
62 Gina Melaragno Democratic Auburn 2022
63 Bruce Bickford Republican Auburn 2022
64 David Sawicki Republican Auburn 2022
65 Eleanor Espling Republican New Gloucester 2018
66 Michael McClellan Republican Raymond 2018
67 Susan Austin Republican Gray 2022
68 Christine Powers Democratic Naples 2020
69 Phyllis Ginzler Republican Bridgton 2022
70 Nathan Wadsworth Republican Hiram 2022
71 Tom Winsor Republican Norway 2018
72 Kathleen Dillingham Republican Oxford 2022
73 Lloyd Herrick Republican Paris 2022
74 Paul Gilbert Democratic Jay 2016
75 Jeffrey Timberlake Republican Turner 2018
76 Gary Hilliard Republican Belgrade 2022
77 Robert Nutting Republican Oakland 2016
78 Catherine Nadeau Democratic Winslow 2020
79 Timothy Theriault Republican China 2022
80 Lori Fowle Democratic Vassalboro 2020
81 Craig Hickman Democratic Winthrop 2020
82 Randall Greenwood Republican Wales 2022
83 Gay Grant Democratic Gardiner 2020
84 Charlotte Warren Democratic Hallowell 2022
85 Donna Doore Democratic Augusta 2022
86 Matthew Pouliot Republican Augusta 2020
87 Jeffrey Hanley Republican Pittston 2022
88 Deborah Sanderson Republican Chelsea 2018
89 Stephanie Hawke Republican Boothbay Harbor 2022
90 Michael Devin Democratic Newcastle 2020
91 Jeffrey Evangelos Independent Friendship 2020
92 Charles Kruger Democratic Thomaston 2016
93 Elizabeth Dickerson Democratic Rockland 2020
94 Joan Welsh Democratic Rockport 2016
95 Gary Sukeforth Independent Appleton 2022
96 Christine Burstein Democratic Lincolnville 2022
97 Erin Herbig Democratic Belfast 2018
98 James Gillway Republican Searsport 2018
99 MaryAnne Kinney Republican Knox 2022
100 Kenneth Fredette Republican Newport 2018
101 James Davitt Democratic Hampden 2022
102 Stacey Guerin Republican Glenburn 2018
103 Roger Reed Republican Carmel 2020
104 Raymond Wallace Republican Dexter 2018
105 Joel Stetkis Republican Canaan 2022
106 Stanley Short Democratic Pittsfield 2020
107 Jeff McCabe Democratic Skowhegan 2016
108 John Picchiotti Republican Fairfield 2022
109 Thomas Longstaff Democratic Waterville 2018
110 Henry E. M. Beck Democratic Waterville 2016
111 Bradlee Farrin Republican Norridgewock 2022
112 Thomas Skolfield Republican Weld 2022
113 Andrew Buckland Republican Farmington 2022
114 Russell Black Republican Wilton 2018
115 Matthew Peterson Democratic Rumford 2016
116 Richard Pickett Republican Dixfield 2022
117 Frances Head Republican Bethel 2022
118 Larry Dunphy Republican Embden 2018
119 Paul Stearns Republican Guilford 2022
120 Norman Higgins Republican Dover-Foxcroft 2022
121 Robert Duchesne Democratic Hudson 2022
122 Michelle Dunphy Democratic Old Town 2022
123 Ryan Tipping-Spitz Democratic Orono 2020
124 Aaron Frey Democratic Bangor 2020
125 Victoria Kornfield Democratic Bangor 2020
126 John Schneck Democratic Bangor 2020
127 Adam Goode Democratic Bangor 2016
128 Arthur Verow Democratic Bangor 2020
129 Peter Lyford Republican Eddington 2022
130 Richard Campbell Republican Orrington 2020
131 Karleton Ward Republican Dedham 2022
132 Louis Luchini Democrat Ellsworth 2018
133 Ralph Chapman Democratic Brooksville 2018
134 Walter Kumiega Democratic Deer Isle 2018
135 Brian Hubbell Democratic Bar Harbor 2020
136 Richard Malaby Republican Hancock 2018
137 Lawrence Lockman Republican Amherst 2020
138 Robert Alley Democratic Beals 2022
139 William Tuell Republican East Machias 2022
140 Joyce Maker Republican Calais 2018
141 Beth P. Turner Republican Burlington 2020
142 Sheldon Hanington Republican Lincoln 2022
143 Stephen Stanley Democratic Medway 2020
144 Roger Sherman Republican Hodgdon 2022
145 Ricky Long Republican Sherman 2018
146 Dustin White Republican Washburn 2022
147 Robert Saucier Democratic Presque Isle 2020
148 Anthony Edgecomb Republican Fort Fairfield 2022
149 Carol McElwee Republican Caribou 2020
150 Roland Martin Democratic Sinclair Twp. 2022
151 John L. Martin Democratic Eagle Lake 2022
Penobscot Wayne Mitchell Nonpartisan Bradley
Passomaquoddy Madonna Sactomah Nonpartisan Indian Twp.
Maliseets Henry John Bear Nonpartisan Houlton

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