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Maine State Senate
Maine State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
December 7, 2016
Leadership
President of the Senate
Michael Thibodeau ( R)
Since December 3, 2014
Majority Leader
Garrett Mason ( R)
Since December 3, 2014
Minority Leader
Troy Jackson ( D)
Since December 7, 2016
Structure
Seats 35
Senate diagram 2014 State of Maine.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article IV, Part Second, Maine Constitution
Salary Session 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(35 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018 (35 seats)
Redistricting Legislative control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
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Website
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". [1] 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.

The Senate meets at the Maine State House in Augusta. Members are limited to four consecutive terms with each term being two years but may run again after a two-year wait.

Leadership

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

128th Legislature, 2016-2018
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Ind Vacant
125th (2010–12) 20 14 1 35 0
126th Legislature (2012–14) 15 19 1 35 0
Begin 127th Legislature 21 14 0 35 0
End of 127th Legislature 20 15
Begin 128th Legislature 18 17 0 35 0
Latest voting share 51.4% 48.6%


Officers

Position Name Party
President of the Senate Michael Thibodeau Rep
Majority Leader Garrett Mason Rep
Assistant Majority Leader Vacant Rep
Minority Leader Troy Jackson Dem
Assistant Minority Leader Nate Libby Dem
Secretary of the Senate Heather J.R. Priest Non-Partisan
Assistant Secretary of the Senate Bradley Sawyer 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
1 Troy Jackson Dem Allagash Aroostook 2016 (2008-2014) 2024
2 Michael E. Carpenter Dem Houlton Aroostook 2016 (1976-1986) 2024
3 Rodney Whittemore Rep Skowhegan Somerset 2010 2018
4 Paul Davis Rep Sangerville Piscataquis 2014 2022
5 James Dill Dem Old Town Penobscot 2014 2022
6 Joyce Maker Rep Calais Washington 2016 2024
7 Brian Langley Rep Ellsworth Hancock 2010 2018
8 Kimberly Rosen Rep Bucksport Hancock 2014 2022
9 Geoffrey Gratwick Dem Bangor Penobscot 2012 2020
10 Andre Cushing III Rep Hampden Penobscot 2012 2020
11 Michael Thibodeau Rep Winterport Waldo 2010 2018
12 David Miramant Dem Camden Knox 2014 2022
13 Dana Dow Rep Waldoboro Lincoln 2016 (2004-2008) 2024
14 Shenna Bellows Dem Manchester Kennebec 2016 2024
15 Roger Katz Rep Augusta Kennebec 2010 2018
16 Scott Cyrway Rep Benton Kennebec 2014 2022
17 Tom Saviello Rep Wilton Franklin 2010 2018
18 Lisa Keim Rep Dixfield Oxford 2016 2024
19 James Hamper Rep Oxford Oxford 2012 2020
20 Eric Brakey Rep Auburn Androscoggin 2014 2022
21 Nate Libby Dem Lewiston Androscoggin 2014 2022
22 Garrett Mason Rep Lisbon Falls Androscoggin 2010 2018
23 Eloise Vitelli Dem Arrowsic Sagadahoc 2016 (2013-2014) 2024
24 Everett Carson Dem Brunswick Cumberland 2016 2024
25 Cathy Breen Dem Falmouth Cumberland 2014 [2] 2022
26 Bill Diamond Dem Windham Cumberland 2014
(1982-1986;2004-2012)
2022
27 Ben Chipman Dem Portland Cumberland 2016 2024
28 Mark Dion Dem Portland Cumberland 2016 2024
29 Rebecca Millett Dem Cape Elizabeth Cumberland 2012 2020
30 Amy Volk Rep Scarborough Cumberland 2014 2022
31 Justin Chenette Dem Saco York 2016 2024
32 Susan Deschambault Dem Biddeford York March 2016 2024
33 David Woodsome Rep Waterboro York 2012 2022
34 Ronald Collins Rep Wells York 2010 2018
35 Dawn Hill Dem Cape Neddick York 2010 2018

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