Maine Senate

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Maine State Senate
Maine State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 Terms (8 years)
History
New session started
December 3, 2012
Leadership
President of the Senate
Justin Alfond (D)
since December 3, 2012
Majority Leader
Troy Dale Jackson (D)
since July 10, 2013
Minority Leader
Michael Thibodeau (R)
since December 3, 2012
Structure
Seats 35
Political groups
Democratic Party (19)
Republican Party (15)
Independent (1)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article IV, Part Second, Maine Constitution
Salary Session 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2012
(35 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2014
(35 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
Website
Maine State Senate

The Maine Senate is the upper house of the Maine Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. The Senate currently consists of 35 members representing an equal number of districts across the state, though the Maine Constitution allows for "an odd number of Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35".[1] Unlike the lower House, the Senate does not set aside nonvoting seats for Native tribes. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine Senate usually have outside employment as well.

The Senate meets at the Maine State House in Augusta. Members are limited to four consecutive terms with each term being two years but may run again after a two year wait.

Leadership[edit]

Unlike many U.S. states, the Senate's leader is not the lieutenant governor, as Maine does not have a lieutenant governor. Instead, the Senate chooses its own president, who is also the first in the line of gubernatorial succession.

Composition of the Senate[edit]

126th Legislature, 2012-2014
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Independent Vacant
End of previous legislature 20 14 1 35 0
Begin 15 19 1 35 0
July 10, 2013 18 34 1
August 28, 2013 [2] 19 35 0
Latest voting share 42.9% 54.3% 2.9%

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party
President of the Senate Justin Alfond Dem
Majority Leader Troy Dale Jackson Dem
Assistant Majority Leader Anne Haskell Dem
Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau Rep
Assistant Minority Leader Roger Katz Rep
Secretary of the Senate Darek Grant Non-Partisan
Assistant Secretary of the Senate Joy J. O'Brien Non-Partisan

Members of the Maine Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Residence Primary County
1 Dawn Hill Dem Cape Neddick York
2 Ronald Collins Rep Wells York
3 John Tuttle Dem Sanford York
4 David Dutremble Dem Biddeford York
5 Linda Valentino Dem Saco York
6 James Boyle Dem Gorham Cumberland
7 Rebecca Millett Dem Cape Elizabeth Cumberland
8 Justin Alfond Dem Portland Cumberland
9 Anne Haskell Dem Portland Cumberland
10 Stanley Gerzofsky Dem Brunswick Cumberland
11 Richard Woodbury Ind Yarmouth Cumberland
12 Gary Plummer Rep Windham Cumberland
13 James Hamper Rep Oxford Oxford
14 John Patrick Dem Rumford Oxford
15 John Cleveland Dem Auburn Androscoggin
16 Margaret Craven Dem Lewiston Androscoggin
17 Garrett Mason Rep Lisbon Falls Androscoggin
18 Thomas Saviello Rep Wilton Franklin
19 Eloise Vitelli Dem Arrowsic Sagadahoc
20 Christopher K. Johnson Dem Somerville Lincoln
21 Patrick Flood Rep Winthrop Kennebec
22 Edward Mazurek Dem Rockland Knox
23 Michael Thibodeau Rep Winterport Waldo
24 Roger Katz Rep Augusta Kennebec
25 Colleen Lachowicz Dem Waterville Kennebec
26 Rodney Whittemore Rep Skowhegan Somerset
27 Douglas Thomas Rep Ripley Piscataquis
28 Brian Langley Rep Ellsworth Hancock
29 David Burns Rep Perry Washington
30 Emily Cain Dem Orono Penobscot
31 Edward Youngblood Rep Brewer Penobscot
32 Geoffrey Gratwick Dem Bangor Penobscot
33 Andre Cushing Rep Hampden Penobscot
34 Roger Sherman Rep Hodgdon Aroostook
35 Troy Dale Jackson Dem Allagash Aroostook

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