Maine House of Representatives

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Maine House of Representatives
Maine State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 Terms (8 years)
History
New session started
December 5, 2012
Leadership
Mark Eves (D)
Since December 5, 2012
Majority Leader
Jeff McCabe (D)
Since December 3, 2014
Minority Leader
Kenneth W. Fredette (R)
Since December 5, 2012
Structure
Seats 151
Maine House of Representatives 2015.png
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

  •   Republican (67)
  •   Independent (6)
  •   Non voting (3)
  •   Vacant (2)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Article IV, Part First, Maine Constitution
Salary Session 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(151 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(151 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
Website
Maine House of Representatives

The Maine House of Representatives is the lower house of the Maine Legislature. The House consists of 151 members (excluding three nonvoting members) representing an equal amount of districts across the state. Each voting member of the House represents around 8,800 citizens of the state. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine House of Representatives usually have outside employment as well. Members are limited to four consecutive terms of two years each, but may run again after two years.

The House meets at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Leadership of the House[edit]

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

The 101st and current Speaker is Democrat Mark Eves of North Berwick. The Majority Leader is Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan. The Minority Leader is Republican Kenneth Fredette of Newport.

Composition of the 127th Maine House of Representatives[edit]

127th Legislature - 2015-2016
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Ind Vacant
Begin 58 89 4 151 0
End of previous legislature 57 150 1
Begin 68 79 4 151 0
January 11, 2015[1] 78 151 1
March 10, 2015[2] 79 151 0
April 6, 2015[3] 78 5
July 15, 2015[4] 77 150 1
July 22, 2015[5] 67 6
August 21, 2015[6] 67 76 6 149 2
Latest voting share 43.71% 50.99% 3.97%
Non-voting members 3 3 0

Nonvoting members of the House[edit]

The three nonvoting members within the House represent the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Maliseet Tribe. The special Representatives can sponsor legislation relating specifically to the Tribes or in relation to Tribal - State land claims, as well as co-sponsor any other legislation brought before the House, but do not cast a legislative vote due to their unique tribal status representing their tribal members only. The Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet tribal representatives are also entitled to sit as members of joint standing committees during hearings and deliberations, where they do cast votes, which can be very important with respect to specific legislative proposals.

Starting with the 126th Legislature, the Houlton Band of Maliseets was given a legislative seat in the House of Representatives. The first elected occupant of the seat is Henry John Bear. After being sworn in by Governor Paul LePage, Bear stated he would introduce legislation to give the Micmac people of Maine a nonvoting seat. [7]

The Passamaquoddy and Penobscots announced at a State House rally on May 26, 2015 that they would withdraw their representatives from the Legislature, citing disputes over tribal fishing rights, jurisdictional issues, and a lack of respect for tribal sovereignty. They further cited an executive order by Gov. Paul LePage that rescinded a prior order requiring consultation with the tribes on state issues that affected them as a reason for their decision. In response, Speaker Eves said that the tribal representatives are always welcome in the House. [8]

Independents and other parties[edit]

Due to the independent political tradition in the state, the Maine House of Representatives has been an entry ground for several of the state's prominent Independent politicians. From 2002 to 2006, Representative John Eder of Portland (District 118), of the Maine Green Independent Party, served in the Legislature and as the highest elected Green politician in U.S. politics. Eder secured recognition as a one-member Green Party caucus in the House, receiving a dedicated staff person assigned to him, something individual legislators in the Maine House do not have. In the 2006 elections, Eder lost his seat to a Democratic challenger.

Officers[edit]

Position Name Party Hometown
Speaker of the House Mark Eves Democratic North Berwick
Majority Leader Jeff M. McCabe Democratic Skowhegan
Majority Whip Sara Gideon Democratic Freeport
Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette Republican Newport
Minority Whip Eleanor Espling Republican New Gloucester

Members of the Maine House of Representatives[edit]

Districts are currently numbered starting with 1 from south to north. This is reversed after each decennial redistricting, which will next occur in 2021 and will go into effect beginning with the 2022 primary and general elections. The current district lines, which were drawn in 2013 and were first used in the 2014 primary and general elections, will only be in effect for 8 years rather than the usual 10 as Maine adjusts its legislative redistricting cycle to conform with most other states.

District Representative Party Residence Term-limited
1 Deane Rykerson Dem Kittery 2020
2 Roberta Beavers Dem South Berwick 2018
3 Lydia Blume Dem York 2022
4 Patricia Hymanson Dem York 2022
5 Beth O'Connor Rep Berwick 2022
6 Mark Eves Dem North Berwick 2016
7 Robert A. Foley Rep Wells 2022
8 Christopher Babbidge Dem Kennebunk 2022
9 H. Stedman Seavey Rep Kennebunkport 2022
10 Wayne Parry Rep Arundel 2018
11 Ryan Fecteau Dem Biddeford 2022
12 Martin J. Grohman Dem Biddeford 2022
13 George W. Hogan Dem Old Orchard Beach 2022
14 Barry Hobbins Dem Saco 2020
15 Justin Chenette Dem Saco 2020
16 Donald G. Marean Rep Hollis 2020
17 Dwayne W. Prescott Rep Waterboro 2022
18 Anne-Marie Mastraccio Dem Sanford 2020
19 Vacant
20 Karen Gerrish Rep Lebanon 2022
21 James J. Campbell Ind Newfield 2020
22 Jonathan L. Kinney Rep Limington 2020
23 Vacant
24 Mark Bryant Dem Windham 2022
25 Patrick Corey Rep Windham 2022
26 Linda Sanborn Dem Gorham 2016
27 Andrew McLean Dem Gorham 2020
28 Heather Sirocki Rep Scarborough 2018
29 Karen Vachon Rep Scarborough 2022
30 Kim Monaghan-Derrig Dem Cape Elizabeth 2016
31 Terry Morrison Dem South Portland 2016
32 Scott Hamann Dem South Portland 2020
33 Kevin Battle Rep South Portland 2022
34 Andrew Gattine Dem Westbrook 2020
35 Dillon Bates Dem Westbrook 2022
36 Denise Harlow Dem Portland 2018
37 Richard Farnsworth Dem Portland 2020
38 Matthew Moonen Dem Portland 2020
39 Diane Russell Dem Portland 2016
40 Benjamin Chipman Ind Portland 2018
41 Erik Jorgensen Dem Portland 2020
42 Peter Stuckey Dem Portland 2016
43 Mark Dion Dem Portland 2018
44 Teresa Pierce Dem Falmouth 2022
45 Michael Timmons Rep Cumberland 2022
46 Paul Chace Rep Durham 2022
47 Janice Cooper Dem Yarmouth 2020
48 Sara Gideon Dem Freeport 2020
49 Mattie Daughtry Dem Brunswick 2020
50 Ralph Tucker Dem Brunswick 2022
51 Joyce McCreight Dem Harpswell 2022
52 Jennifer DeChant Dem Bath 2020
53 Jeffrey Pierce Rep Dresden 2022
54 Denise Tepler Dem Topsham 2022
55 Brian Hobart Rep Bowdoinham 2022
56 Dale Crafts Rep Lisbon 2016
57 Stephen Wood Rep Sabattus 2018
58 Micheal Lajoie Dem Lewiston 2016
59 Margaret Rotundo Dem Lewiston 2016
60 Jared Golden Dem Lewiston 2022
61 Heidi Brooks Dem Lewiston 2022
62 Gina Melaragno Dem Auburn 2022
63 Bruce Bickford Rep Auburn 2022
64 David Sawicki Rep Auburn 2022
65 Eleanor Espling Rep New Gloucester 2018
66 Michael McClellan Rep Raymond 2018
67 Susan Austin Rep Gray 2022
68 Christine Powers Dem Naples 2020
69 Phyllis Ginzler Rep Bridgton 2022
70 Nathan Wadsworth Rep Hiram 2022
71 Tom Winsor Rep Norway 2018
72 Kathleen Dillingham Rep Oxford 2022
73 Lloyd Herrick Rep Paris 2022
74 Paul Gilbert Dem Jay 2016
75 Jeffrey Timberlake Rep Turner 2018
76 Gary Hilliard Rep Belgrade 2022
77 Robert Nutting Rep Oakland 2016
78 Catherine Nadeau Dem Winslow 2020
79 Timothy Theriault Rep China 2022
80 Lori Fowle Dem Vassalboro 2020
81 Craig Hickman Dem Winthrop 2020
82 Randall Greenwood Rep Wales 2022
83 Gay Grant Dem Gardiner 2020
84 Charlotte Warren Dem Hallowell 2022
85 Donna Doore Dem Augusta 2022
86 Matthew Pouliot Rep Augusta 2020
87 Jeffrey Hanley Rep Pittston 2022
88 Deborah Sanderson Rep Chelsea 2018
89 Stephanie Hawke Rep Boothbay Harbor 2022
90 Michael Devin Dem Newcastle 2020
91 Jeffrey Evangelos Ind Friendship 2020
92 Charles Kruger Dem Thomaston 2016
93 Anne Beebe-Center Dem Rockland 2022
94 Joan Welsh Dem Rockport 2016
95 Gary Sukeforth Ind Appleton 2022
96 Christine Burstein Dem Lincolnville 2022
97 Erin Herbig Dem Belfast 2018
98 James Gillway Rep Searsport 2018
99 MaryAnne Kinney Rep Knox 2022
100 Kenneth Fredette Rep Newport 2018
101 James Davitt Dem Hampden 2022
102 Stacey Guerin Rep Glenburn 2018
103 Roger E. Reed Rep Carmel 2020
104 Raymond Wallace Rep Dexter 2018
105 Joel Stetkis Rep Canaan 2022
106 Stanley Short Ind Pittsfield 2020
107 Jeff McCabe Dem Skowhegan 2016
108 John Picchiotti Rep Fairfield 2022
109 Thomas Longstaff Dem Waterville 2018
110 Henry E. M. Beck Dem Waterville 2016
111 Bradlee Farrin Rep Norridgewock 2022
112 Thomas Skolfield Rep Weld 2022
113 Andrew Buckland Rep Farmington 2022
114 Russell Black Rep Wilton 2018
115 Matthew Peterson Dem Rumford 2016
116 Richard Pickett Rep Dixfield 2022
117 Frances Head Rep Bethel 2022
118 Larry Dunphy Ind Embden 2018
119 Paul Stearns Rep Guilford 2022
120 Norman Higgins Rep Dover-Foxcroft 2022
121 Robert Duchesne Dem Hudson 2022
122 Michelle Dunphy Dem Old Town 2022
123 Ryan Tipping-Spitz Dem Orono 2020
124 Aaron Frey Dem Bangor 2020
125 Victoria Kornfield Dem Bangor 2020
126 John Schneck Dem Bangor 2020
127 Adam Goode Dem Bangor 2016
128 Arthur Verow Dem Bangor 2020
129 Peter Lyford Rep Eddington 2022
130 Richard Campbell Rep Orrington 2020
131 Karleton Ward Rep Dedham 2022
132 Louis Luchini Dem Ellsworth 2018
133 Ralph Chapman Dem Brooksville 2018
134 Walter Kumiega Dem Deer Isle 2018
135 Brian Hubbell Dem Bar Harbor 2020
136 Richard Malaby Rep Hancock 2018
137 Lawrence Lockman Rep Amherst 2020
138 Robert Alley Dem Beals 2022
139 William Tuell Rep East Machias 2022
140 Joyce Maker Rep Calais 2018
141 Beth P. Turner Rep Burlington 2020
142 Sheldon Hanington Rep Lincoln 2022
143 Stephen Stanley Dem Medway 2020
144 Roger Sherman Rep Hodgdon 2022
145 Ricky Long Rep Sherman 2018
146 Dustin White Rep Washburn 2022
147 Robert Saucier Dem Presque Isle 2020
148 Anthony Edgecomb Rep Fort Fairfield 2022
149 Carol McElwee Rep Caribou 2020
150 Roland Martin Dem Sinclair Twp. 2022
151 John L. Martin Dem Eagle Lake 2022
Penobscot* Wayne Mitchell NP Bradley
Passamaquoddy* Matthew Dana II NP Indian Twp.
Maliseets Henry John Bear NP Houlton
  • The tribes stated on May 26, 2015 they are withdrawing their representatives from the House(see above)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson (District 93 resigned after moving out of state. [1]
  2. ^ Democrat Anne Beebe-Carter wins special election to succeed Dickerson. [2]
  3. ^ Stanley Short (District 106) switched parties from Democratic to Independent. [3]
  4. ^ Democrat Bill Noon (District 19) passed away. [4]
  5. ^ Larry Dunphy (District 118) switched parties from Republican to Independent. [5]
  6. ^ Democrat Mike Shaw resigned to move out of the district.[6]
  7. ^ Bayly, Julia (January 26, 2012). "Houlton Maliseet, first elected tribal representative to Maine House, looking forward to session". Bangor Daily News. 
  8. ^ Moretto, Mario (May 26, 2015). "Passamaquoddy, Penobscot tribes withdraw from Maine Legislature". Bangor Daily News. 

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