Cynthia Dill

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Cynthia Dill
Cynthia Dill.jpg
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 7th district
In office
May 11, 2011 – December 6, 2012
Preceded byLarry Bliss
Succeeded byRebecca Millett
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 121st district
In office
December 1, 2006 – May 11, 2011
Preceded byConstance Goldman
Succeeded byKim Monaghan-Derrig
Personal details
Born (1965-01-06) January 6, 1965 (age 55)
Carmel, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Tom Clarke
EducationUniversity of Vermont (BA)
Northeastern University (JD)

Cynthia Dill (born January 6, 1965) is an American lawyer and politician from Maine. A member of the Democratic Party, she served in the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate, representing the 7th district which is composed of South Portland, her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, and a small portion of Scarborough.

Dill was the 2012 Democratic nominee to replace outgoing Senator Olympia Snowe and represent Maine in the United States Senate, but came in third in the general election behind former Independent governor Angus King and Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

Life, education, and career[edit]

Dill is married and has two children. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Dill is an adjunct instructor at Southern Maine Community College, a civil rights lawyer, and the director of the Common Cause Digital Democracy Project. She served on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council. While serving on the Town Council, Dill said her priority was to protect and support the state's businesses and natural resources and the elderly, disabled and children. She voted to support gay marriage and said she would "happily and without reservation" support it if the issue would come up again. She strongly supported education, saying, "I am committed to improving the education funding formula and more importantly making needed reforms to education as a whole."[1]

Maine House of Representatives[edit]


Dill was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2006 to represent Maine's 121st House District, based in Cape Elizabeth. She defeated Republican nominee Jennifer Duddy 52%-48%.[2] In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 61% of the vote.[3] In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 58% of the vote.[4]


She was a leading proponent of the Three Ring Binder Project, a nationally recognized private/public partnership that will bring high-speed Internet access to rural parts.[5]

Committee assignments[edit]

She served on the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and the House Ethics Committees

Maine Senate[edit]


Following the resignation of State Senator Larry Bliss in 2011, Dill won a special election to replace Bliss, defeating former Republican State Representative Louie Maietta 68%-32%.[6][7]


Dill is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.[1] In November 2011, Dill formed a group, "The Friends of the Maine Woods", to support Roxanne Quimby's bid to donate land to create a national park in the Millinocket region of Maine. The town council of Millinocket and the Maine State Legislature passed resolutions opposing the creation of the proposed national park.[8]

Committee assignments[edit]

She served on the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In January 2012, Dill announced that she would seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate then held by incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.[9]

Dill won a four-way Democratic Senate Primary on June 12, 2012.[10] She faced Republican Charlie Summers, independent candidates Angus King and Danny Dalton as well as Libertarian Party-affiliated independent Andrew Ian Dodge in the November election.[11]


  1. ^ a b House District 121: Lusk challenges Dill in Cape Elizabeth Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine The Forecaster, October 6, 2010
  2. ^ "ME State House 121 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  3. ^ "ME State House 121 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  4. ^ "ME State House 121 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  5. ^ "Cynthia Dill for State Senate". Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  6. ^ Dill wins Senate race Portland Press Herald, May 11, 2011
  7. ^ "ME State Senate 07 - Special Election Race - May 10, 2011". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  8. ^ Sambides Jr, Nick (November 22, 2011). "Cape Elizabeth state senator forms group to promote Quimby's proposed national park". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Two more Democrats enter race to unseat Sen. Snowe". Portland Daily Sun. January 21, 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  10. ^ Sharon, Susan (June 13, 2012). "Outspent & Less Well-Known, Dill Moves on to U.S. Senate General Election". Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Lederman, Josh (June 13, 2012). "Dill, Summers win nominations for Snowe's Senate seat". The Hill.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jean Hay Bright
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Maine
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Zak Ringelstein