Dennis Damon

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Dennis Damon
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 28th district
In office
2002–2010
Preceded byJill Goldthwait
Succeeded byBrian Langley
Personal details
Born (1948-12-21) December 21, 1948 (age 70)
Bar Harbor, Maine
Political partyDemocratic

Dennis S. Damon (born December 21, 1948) is an American politician from Maine.[1] Damon served as a Democratic State Senator from Maine's 5th, then following redistricting, 28th District, representing much of Hancock County, including the population centers of Bar Harbor and Ellsworth from 2002 to 2010.[2][3]

Damon was born in Bar Harbor, Maine, grew up in Northeaster Harbor and resides in Trenton.[4] He earned a B.A. from the University of Maine in 1971.[1] He served as County Commissioner for three terms prior to running for state senate.[4] He replaced unenrolled Jill Goldthwait, who was unable to run again due to term limits.[4]

On April 22, 2009, Damon and 60 co-sponsors introduced a bill entitled "An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom",[5] which allowed same-sex couples the right to marry in the state. After having been passed by both the Senate and House, Governor John Baldacci signed the bill into law on May 6, 2009.[6] The law was subsequently repealed by Maine citizens at the ballot box.[7]

Damon was unable to run for re-election in 2010 due to term-limits. He was replaced in District 28 by Republican Brian Langley.

Damon endorsed unenrolled candidate Eliot Cutler for governor in 2010 and 2014. He is also executive director of political non-profit OneMaine.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Dennis Damon - Biography - Project Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ Maine Senate District 28
  3. ^ Sen. Dennis S. Damon http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate/senators/bios/bio28s.htm
  4. ^ a b c Porter, Anne. "Dennis Damon to Run for State Senate". Ellsworth American. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ LD 1020 http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/billtexts/SP038401.asp
  6. ^ Baldacci signs same-sex marriage bill into law http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=254850&ac=PHnws Archived 2009-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-11-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Damon, Dennis (July 14, 2014). "Eliot Cutler is a visionary and a leader". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 14 July 2014.