Mark Lawrence (politician)
Mark W. Lawrence (born June 27, 1958) is a Maine lawyer and politician. He was born in Kittery, Maine, the son of Irving L. Lawrence and Evelyn L. (Betts) Lawrence. A Democrat, Lawrence served in the Maine State Legislature from 1988-2000. He served as Senate President from 1997-2000. He challenged Republican incumbent Olympia Snowe in the 2000 U.S. Senate election and lost. He lost in the Democratic primary for the open seat in the 1st congressional district in 2008. He served from 2003-2010 as the York County District Attorney before deciding to not seek re-election in 2010 election. He returned to private practice in South Berwick, Maine.
- Past Senate Presidents Maine.gov
- Mark W. Lawrence was elected to a second term as President of the Maine Senate on December 2, 1998. He had previously held the office of Minority Leader before the Democrats regained control of the Senate in 1996. A native of Kittery, Lawrence also serve two terms as a member of the Maine State House of Representatives. Since entering the political arena, Senator Lawrence has walked a distance equal to five times the length of the State of Maine visiting over 35,000 homes in the districts he has represented. During his tenure in the legislature, Lawrence worked as an advocate in conjunction with Maine's congressional delegation to protect the future of the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Kittery. His top priorities during the 119th Legislature were improving access to higher education, repairing and re-building Maine's schools, growing Maine's economy statewide and passing a patient's bill of rights. Senator Lawrence helped establish the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and is a founding member of the Laudhom Trust in Wells. He has served on the Maine-New Hampshire Border Commission and the Commission on Public Financing of Elections. He has also served as a director of the Kittery Land Trust and as a trustee of the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum. Lawrence attended public schools in Kittery and is a graduate of Bowdoin College. Lawrence earned his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law. After his service in the Senate, her served as York County Attorney and now practices law and resides in South Berwick with his family. Lawrence pulls out from fall election Portland Press Herald, July 13, 2010
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