Maine House of Representatives

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Maine House of Representatives
Maine State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits 4 Terms (8 years)
History
New session started December 5, 2012
Leadership
Speaker of the House Mark Eves, (D)
Since December 5, 2012
Majority Leader Seth A. Berry, (D)
Since December 5, 2012
Minority Leader Kenneth W. Fredette, (R)
Since December 5, 2012
Structure
Seats 154
Political groups Democratic Party (89)
Republican Party (58)
Unenrolled (4)
Non-Voting (3)
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 6, 2012
(154 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(154 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 two nonvoting members) representing an equal amount of districts across the state. Each voting member of the House represents around 8,450 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 Seth A. Berry of Bowdoinham. The Minority Leader is Republican Kenneth Fredette of Newport.

Composition of the 126th Maine House of Representatives[edit]

126th Legislature - 2013-2014
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
Latest voting share 38.4% 58.9% 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 Seth A. Berry Democratic Bowdoinham
Majority Whip Jeff M. McCabe Democratic Skowhegan
Minority Leader Kenneth W. Fredette Republican Newport
Minority Whip Alexander R. Willette Republican Mapleton

Members of the Maine House of Representatives[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Term-limited
1 Allen Michael Nadeau Republican Fort Kent 2020
2 Charles Theriault Democratic Madawaska 2014
3 Bernard Ayotte Republican Caswell 2014
4 Carol A. McElwee Republican Caribou 2020
5 Robert J. Saucier Democratic Presque Isle 2020
6 Tyler Clark Republican Mars Hill 2016
7 Alexander Willette Republican Mapleton 2018
8 Joyce Anne Fitzpatrick Republican Houlton 2018
9 Ricky Long Republican Sherman 2018
10 Stephen S. Stanley Democratic Medway 2020
11 Beth P. Turner Republican Burlington 2020
12 Jeffery Gifford Republican Lincoln 2014
13 Anita Haskell Republican Milford 2020
14 James Dill Democratic Old Town 2018
15 Adam Goode Democratic Bangor 2016
16 John C. Schenk Democratic Bangor 2020
17 Victoria Kornfield Democratic Bangor 2020
18 Aaron M. Frey Democratic Bangor 2020
19 Ryan D. Tipping-Spitz Democratic Orono 2020
20 David Johnson Republican Eddington 2018
21 Arthur C. Verow Democratic Brewer 2020
22 Stacy Guerin Republican Glenburn 2018
23 Roger E. Reed Republican Carmel 2020
24 Raymond Wallace Republican Dexter 2018
25 Kenneth Fredette Republican Newport 2018
26 Paul Davis, Sr. Republican Sangerville 2016
27 Peter Johnson Republican Greenville 2014
28 Dean Cray Republican Palmyra 2014
29 Stanley B. Short Democratic Pittsfield 2020
30 Lawrence E. Lockman Republican Amherst 2020
31 Joyce Maker Republican Calais 2018
32 Katherine D. Cassidy Democratic Lubec 2020
33 Peter Doak Republican Columbia Falls 2020
34 Richard Malaby Republican Hancock 2018
35 Brian L. Hubbell Democratic Bar Harbor 2020
36 Walter Kumiega Democratic Deer Isle 2018
37 Ralph Chapman Democratic Brooksville 2018
38 Louis Luchini Democratic Ellsworth 2018
39 Brian Duprey Republican Hampden 2020
40 Richard H. Campbell Republican Orrington 2020
41 James Gillway Republican Searsport 2018
42 Joseph E. Brooks Unenrolled Winterport 2020
43 Erin Herbig Democratic Belfast 2018
44 Jethro D. Pease Republican Morrill 2020
45 Brian L. Jones Democratic Freedom 2020
46 Joan Welsh Democratic Rockport 2016
47 Elizabeth E. Dickerson Democratic Rockland 2020
48 Chuck Kruger Democratic Thomaston 2016
49 Jeffrey Evangelos Unenrolled Friendship 2020
50 Ellen A. Winchenbach Republican Waldoboro 2020
51 Michael Gilbert Devin Democratic Newcastle 2020
52 Deborah Sanderson Republican Chelsea 2018
53 Timothy I. Marks Democratic Pittston 2020
54 Catherine M. Nadeau Democratic Winslow 2020
55 H. David Cotta Republican China 2014
56 Corey S. Wilson Republican Augusta 2020
57 Matthew G. Pouliot Republican Augusta 2020
58 Lori Fowle Democratic Vassalboro 2020
59 Gay M. Grant Democratic Gardiner 2020
60 Andrew D. Mason Democratic Topsham 2020
61 W. Bruce MacDonald Democratic Boothbay 2014
62 Jennifer DeChant Democratic Bath 2020
63 Charles Priest Democratic Brunswick 2014
64 Jeremy G. Saxton Democratic Harpswell 2020
65 Peter Kent Democratic Woolwich 2016
66 Matthea E. L. Daughtry Democratic Brunswick 2020
67 Seth Berry Democratic Bowdoinham 2014
68 Michael Beaulieu Republican Auburn 2014
69 Brian Bolduc Democratic Auburn 2014
70 R. Wayne Werts Democratic Auburn 2020
71 Michael Lajoie Democratic Lewiston 2016
72 Michael Carey Democratic Lewiston 2014
73 Nathan L. Libby Democratic Lewiston 2020
74 Margaret Rotundo Democratic Lewiston 2016
75 Stephen Wood Republican Sabattus 2018
76 Henry E.M. Beck Democratic Waterville 2016
77 Thomas Longstaff Democratic Waterville 2018
78 Robert Nutting Republican Oakland 2016
79 Sharon Treat Democratic Hallowell 2014
80 Melvin Newendyke Republican Litchfield 2018
81 L. Gary Knight Republican Livermore Falls 2014
82 Craig Hickman Democratic Winthrop 2020
83 Dennis Keschl Republican Belgrade 2018
84 Karen Kusiak Democratic Fairfield 2020
85 Jeff M. McCabe Democratic Skowhegan 2016
86 Ann E. Dorney Democratic Norridgewock 2020
87 Paul Gilbert Democratic Jay 2016
88 Larry Dunphy Republican Embden 2018
89 Lance Harvell Republican Farmington 2016
90 Russell Black Republican Wilton 2018
91 Jarrod Crockett Republican Bethel 2016
92 Matthew Peterson Democratic Rumford 2016
93 Sheryl Briggs Democratic Mexico 2014
94 Teresea Hayes Democratic Buckfield 2014
95 Tom Winsor Republican Norway 2018
96 Jeffrey Timberlake Republican Turner 2018
97 Helen Rankin Democratic Hiram 2016
98 Lisa Renee Villa Democratic Harrison 2020
99 Jonathan L. Kinney Republican Limington 2020
100 Roger A. Jackson Republican Oxford 2020
101 Christine B. Powers Democratic Naples 2020
102 Michael Shaw Democratic Standish 2016
103 Michael McClellan Republican Raymond 2018
104 Dale Crafts Republican Lisbon 2016
105 Eleanor Espling Republican New Gloucester 2018
106 Sarah Gideon Democratic Freeport 2020
107 Janice E. Cooper Democratic Yarmouth 2020
108 Stephen W. Moriarty Democratic Cumberland 2020
109 Anne Graham Democratic North Yarmouth 2018
110 Thomas M. Tyler Republican Windham 2020
111 Jane P. Pringle Democratic Windham 2020
112 Mary Nelson Democratic Falmouth 2016
113 Mark Dion Democratic Portland 2018
114 Peter Stuckey Democratic Portland 2016
115 Erik C. Jorgensen Democratic Portland 2020
116 Denise Harlow Democratic Portland 2018
117 Richard Farnsworth Democratic Portland 2020
118 Matthew Moonen Democratic Portland 2020
119 Benjamin Chipman Independent Portland 2018
120 Diane Russell Democratic Portland 2016
121 Kim Monaghan-Derrig Democratic Cape Elizabeth 2016
122 Terry Morrison Democratic South Portland 2016
123 Scott Hamann Democratic South Portland 2020
124 Bryan Kaenrath Democratic South Portland 2014
125 Ann Peoples Democratic Westbrook 2014
126 Drew M. Gattine Democratic Westbrook 2020
127 Amy Volk Republican Scarborough 2018
128 Heather Sirocki Republican Scarborough 2018
129 Andrew McLean Democratic Gorham 2020
130 Linda Sanborn Democratic Gorham 2016
131 Donald G. Marean Republican Hollis 2020
132 Sharri K. MacDonald Republican Old Orchard Beach 2020
133 Barry Hobbins Democratic Saco 2020
134 Justin Chenette Democratic Saco 2020
135 Paulette Beaudoin Democratic Biddeford 2014
136 Megan Rochelo Democratic Biddeford 2018
137 Alan Casavant Democratic Biddeford 2014
138 James J. Campbell Independent Newfield 2020
139 Aaron Libby Republican Waterboro 2018
140 Wayne Parry Republican Arundel 2018
141 Paul Bennett Republican Kennebunk 2018
142 Andrea Boland Democratic Sanford 2014
143 Anne-Marie Mastraccio Democratic Sanford 2020
144 William F. Noon Democratic Sanford 2020
145 Joshua R. Plante Democratic Berwick 2020
146 Mark Eves Democratic North Berwick 2016
147 Kathleen Chase Republican Wells 2014
148 Roberta Beavers Democratic South Berwick 2018
149 Paul G. McGowan Democratic York 2020
150 Windol Weaver Republican York 2014
151 Dean Rykerson Democratic Kittery 2020
Penobscot Wayne Mitchell Nonpartisan Bradley
Passomaquoddy Madonna Sactomah Nonpartisan Indian Twp.
Maliseets Henry John Bear Nonpartisan Houlton

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