|Maine State Senate|
|Maine State Legislature|
|4 Terms (8 years)|
New session started
|December 3, 2014|
President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article IV, Part Second, Maine Constitution|
|Salary||Session 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
|November 4, 2014
|November 8, 2016
|State Senate Chamber
Maine State House
|Maine State Senate|
The Maine Senate is the upper house of the Maine Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. The Senate currently consists of 35 members representing an equal number of districts across the state, though the Maine Constitution allows for "an odd number of Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35". Unlike the lower House, the Senate does not set aside nonvoting seats for Native tribes. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine Senate usually have outside employment as well.
Unlike many U.S. states, the Senate's leader is not the lieutenant governor, as Maine does not have a lieutenant governor. Instead, the Senate chooses its own president, who is also the first in the line of gubernatorial succession.
Composition of the Senate
- 127th Legislature, 2014-2016
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|126th Legislature (2012–14)||15||19||1||35||0|
|January 8, 2015||20||15|
|January 26, 2016||14||34||1|
|March 30, 2016||15||35||0|
|Latest voting share||57.1%||42.9%|
One seat was initially in dispute due to a discrepancy in the number of ballots counted. Senate District 25 was won on election night by Democrat Catherine Breen by 32 votes. However, a recount put Republican Cathy Manchester in the lead by 11. The new Republican-led Senate formed a committee to determine what happened and who won the seat. Manchester, the Republican, was provisionally seated pending the outcome of the investigation. The committee found during its investigation that 21 ballots for Manchester were counted twice, which meant that Breen was the actual winner. Manchester resigned her seat and conceded Breen won the race.
|President of the Senate||Michael Thibodeau||Rep|
|Majority Leader||Garrett Mason||Rep|
|Assistant Majority Leader||Andre Cushing||Rep|
|Minority Leader||Justin Alfond||Dem|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Dawn Hill||Dem|
|Secretary of the Senate||Heather J.R. Priest||Non-Partisan|
|Assistant Secretary of the Senate||Shawn L. Roderick||Non-Partisan|
Members of the Maine Senate
Districts are currently numbered starting with 1 from north to south. 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||Senator||Party||Residence||Primary County||First elected||Term limited|
|2||Michael Willette||Rep||Presque Isle||Aroostook||2014||2022|
|5||Jim Dill||Dem||Old Town||Penobscot||2014||2022|
|13||Christopher K. Johnson||Dem||Somerville||Lincoln||2012*||2018|
|14||Earle McCormick||Rep||West Gardiner||Kennebec||2014
|22||Garrett Mason||Rep||Lisbon Falls||Androscoggin||2010||2018|
|29||Rebecca Millett||Dem||Cape Elizabeth||Cumberland||2012||2020|
|32||Susan Deschambault||Dem||Biddeford||York||March 2016||2024|
|35||Dawn Hill||Dem||Cape Neddick||York||2010||2018|
- Maine Constitution Article IV. -- Part Second.Senate.
- Provisionally seated Sen. Cathy Manchester resigned so Catherine Breen, who was determined to have won the election in a recount, could take the seat.
- Democrat David Dutremble (District 32) resigned his seat
- Democrat Susan Deschambault was elected to fill the seat vacated by Dutremble.
- "Maine Senate votes to seat GOP candidate Manchester in still-contested race". Bangor Daily News. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
- "Investigation into Senate District 25 election reveals that 21 votes were tallied twice during recount, likely reversing outcome again". Bangor Daily News. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "Democrat wins Senate election after investigation reveals ‘phantom ballots’ for GOP opponent did not exist". Bangor Daily News. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Due to a protracted recount, Sen. Breen didn't assume office until January 8, 2015.
- The Maine Senate official government website
- State Senate of Maine at Project Vote Smart
- Maine Senate at Ballotpedia