|Member of the Maine Senate
from the 30th district
December 5, 2012 – December 2014
|Preceded by||Elizabeth Schneider|
|Succeeded by||Jim Dill|
|Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 19th district
January 1, 2005 – December 5, 2012
|Preceded by||Joanne Twomey|
|Succeeded by||Ryan Tipping-Spitz|
|Born||Emily Ann Cain
March 29, 1980
|Spouse(s)||Daniel B. Williams|
Emily Ann Cain (born March 29, 1980) is an American politician from Maine. A member of the Democratic Party, Cain served in the Maine Senate from 2012 to 2014, representing the 30th district which includes part of Penobscot County. She was previously a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012, where she served as Minority Leader from 2010 to 2012.
Early life, education and career
Emily Cain was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Her father ran stores for Florsheim Shoes and later worked for Bass Shoes in Kennebunk, Maine. Her mother worked with the deaf as a sign-language interpreter and educator. Cain grew up in Illinois and graduated from Lawrence High School in New Jersey. Cain moved to Orono, living with relatives, while studying at the University of Maine. She received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2002. In 2004, Cain graduated from Harvard University, receiving her Master of Education in Higher Education. As of 2010, she was pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maine.
Cain has worked at the University of Maine and as a consultant for Jobs for Maine's Graduates, a private nonprofit group.
Maine House of Representatives
She was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2004 at the age of 24, defeating Republican William Reed and Green Independent Mark Horton. She was reelected to a second term with 78% of the vote, defeating Republican Lance Cowan in 2006, and won a third term running unopposed in the general election in 2008. She won her fourth term to the house in 2010, defeating Republican Zachary David Jackman with 67% of the vote. In her final term in the Maine House, during the 125th legislature, Cain served as the Minority Leader from 2010 to 2012.
During her time in the House, Cain served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and the Joint Rules Committee. She served as Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Research, Economic Development and the Innovation Economy in 2006, and also served as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on School District Reorganization in 2007.
In 2009, Cain was one of over sixty co-sponsors in the House of LD 1020, legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine. At a house hearing in 2009, Cain said that "Equality was one of the main reasons why I ran for legislature. Marriage is not about gender and sexuality, it's about keeping Maine families together."
In December 2011, Cain announced she would seek to replace fellow Democrat Elizabeth Schneider in the Maine Senate, running for Maine's 30th district. Schneider was unable to run due to term-limits, as Cain was also unable run for the House of Representatives again because of the same limits. She won in the Democratic primary, going on to defeat Republican Roderick Hathaway with 62% of the vote in the November general election. Cain served as a state delegate for Maine at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Cain served on the Senate Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, and was the Senate Chair of the Senate Government Oversight Committee.
In April 2013, Cain co-sponsored a Joint Amendment supporting comprehensive immigration reform that addresses "earned legalization with a path to citizenship, updated future immigration of families and workers and improved immigration enforcement and border security." Cain has also co-sponsored a Joint Amendment calling on Congress to support an amendment to the United States Constitution overturning the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in order to "regulate the raising and spending of money in elections".
Cain won the Democratic primary election for Maine's 2nd congressional district, beating State Senate Majority Leader Troy Dale Jackson. She was defeated by former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin in the general election. Poliquin won 47% of the vote, with Cain taking 42% and independent Blaine Richardson taking 11%.
Cain is married to Daniel B. Williams, who has served as the Executive Director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine since 2014, and is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives. They reside in Orono, Maine.
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