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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, 2018
Leadership
Sara Gideon ( D)
since December 7, 2016
Majority Leader
Matt Moonen ( D)
since December 5, 2018
Minority Leader
Kathleen Dillingham ( R)
since December 5, 2018
Structure
Seats151 (and 3 non-voting)
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Political groups
Majority

Minority

  •    Republican (56)
  •   Independent (6)
  •   Democratic (Non-voting) (1)
  •   Vacant (Non-voting) (2) [a]
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Part First, Maine Constitution
SalarySession 1: $13,526/year
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(151 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(151 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
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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 number 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

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.

Composition of the 129th Maine House of Representatives

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Green Ind. Independ. Vacant
Begin 126th Legislature 58 89 0 4 151 0
End 126th Legislature 57 150 1
Begin 127th Legislature 68 79 0 4 151 0
End 127th Legislature 69 78
Begin 128th Legislature 72 77 0 2 151 0
End 128th Legislature 70 73 1 6 150 1
Begin 129th Legislature 57 89 0 5 151 0
December 5, 2018 [1] 88 150 1
January 4, 2019 [2] 56 6
February 2, 2019 [3] 87 149 2
March 12, 2019 [4] 88 150 1
March 27, 2019 [5] 87 149 2
April 2, 2019 [6] 88 150 1
June 11, 2019 [7] 89 151 0
Latest voting share 37.1% 58.9% 0% 4%
Non-voting members 0 1 0 0 1 2

Nonvoting members of the House

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. [8]

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 Governor Paul LePage that rescinded a prior order requiring consultation with the tribes on state issues that affected them as a reason for their decision. Subsequently, Matthew Dana II of the Passamaquoddy and Wayne Mitchell of the Penobscot left the legislature leaving Henry John Bear of the Maliseet the only non-voting tribal representative. In response, Speaker Eves said that the tribal representatives are always welcome in the House. Matthew Dana II returned to the House from the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the 2016 elections. [9]

The Maliseets chose not to send a Representative to the 129th Legislature, elected in 2018. As of the 2018 election, the Penobscots haven't returned to the House, leaving just the Passamaquoddy Representative, Rena Newell. [10]

Independents and other parties

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), belonging to the Maine Green Independent Party, served in the Legislature, the highest elected Green politician in U.S. politics at that time. Eder secured recognition as a one-member Green Party caucus in the House, receiving a dedicated staff person, which is unusual for individual legislators in the Maine House. In the 2006 elections, Eder lost his seat to a Democratic challenger.

On September 21st, 2017, Ralph Chapman, previously registered as an independent, switched his registration to the Maine Green Independent Party, the first time in over a decade that the Maine Green Independent Party was represented at the state level. [11]

Officers

Position Name [12] Party Hometown
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon Democratic Freeport
Majority Leader Matt Moonen Democratic Portland
Majority Whip Ryan Fecteau Democratic Biddeford
Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham Republican Oxford
Minority Whip Harold "Trey" L. Stewart III Republican Presque Isle

Members of the Maine House of Representatives

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.

↑ denotes that the Representative first won in a special election

District Representative [13] Party Residence First elected Term-limited
1 Deane Rykerson Dem Kittery 2012 2020
2 Michele Meyer Dem Eliot 2018 2026
3 Lydia Blume Dem York 2014 2022
4 Patricia Hymanson Dem York 2014 2022
5 Beth O'Connor Rep Berwick 2014 (2010–2012) 2022
6 Tiffany Roberts-Lovell Dem South Berwick 2018 2026
7 Daniel J. Hobbs Dem Wells 2018 2026
8 Christopher Babbidge Dem Kennebunk 2014 (2004–2008) 2022
9 Diane Denk Dem Kennebunk 2018 2026
10 Henry Ingwersen Dem Arundel 2018 2026
11 Ryan Fecteau Dem Biddeford 2014 2022
12 Victoria Foley Dem Biddeford 2018 2026
13 Lori Gramlich Dem Old Orchard Beach 2018 2026
14 Donna Bailey Dem Saco 2016 2024
15 Margaret M. O'Neil Dem Saco 2016 2024
16 Donald G. Marean Ind Hollis 2012 (2004–2008) 2020
17 Dwayne W. Prescott Rep Waterboro 2014 2022
18 Anne-Marie Mastraccio Dem Sanford 2012 2020
19 Matthew Harrington Rep Sanford 2015↑ 2022
20 Theodore Kryzak Rep Acton 2018 2026
21 Heidi H. Sampson Rep Alfred 2016 2024
22 Mark John Blier Rep Buxton 2018 2026
23 Lester Ordway Rep Standish 2015↑ 2022
24 Mark Bryant Dem Windham 2014 (2004–2012) 2022
25 Patrick Corey Rep Windham 2014 2022
26 Maureen Fitzgerald Terry Dem Gorham 2016 2024
27 Andrew McLean Dem Gorham 2012 2020
28 Christopher Caiazzo Dem Scarborough 2018 2026
29 Shawn Babine Dem Scarborough 2018 2026
30 Anne Carney Dem Cape Elizabeth 2018 2026
31 Lois Galgay Reckitt Dem South Portland 2016 2024
32 Chris Kessler Dem South Portland 2018 2026
33 Victoria Morales Dem South Portland 2018 2026
34 Andrew Gattine Dem Westbrook 2012 2020
35 Ann Peoples Dem Westbrook 2018 (2006–2014) 2026
36 Michael F. Brennan Dem Portland 2018 (1992–2000) 2026
37 Richard Farnsworth Dem Portland 2012 (1996–1998) 2020
38 Matt Moonen Dem Portland 2012 2020
39 Michael Sylvester Dem Portland 2016 2024
40 Rachel Talbot Ross Dem Portland 2016 2024
41 Erik Jorgensen Dem Portland 2012 2020
42 Benjamin Collings Dem Portland 2016 2024
43 W. Edward Crockett Dem Portland 2018 2026
44 Teresa Pierce Dem Falmouth 2014 2022
45 Steve Moriarty Dem Portland 2019↑ (2012–2014) 2026
46 Braden Sharpe Dem Durham 2018 2026
47 Janice Cooper Dem Yarmouth 2012 2020
48 Sara Gideon Dem Freeport 2012 2020
49 Mattie Daughtry Dem Brunswick 2012 2020
50 Ralph Tucker Dem Brunswick 2014 2022
51 Joyce McCreight Dem Harpswell 2014 2022
52 Sean Paulhus Dem Bath 2019↑ 2026
53 Allison Hepler Dem Woolwich 2018 2026
54 Denise Tepler Dem Topsham 2014 2022
55 Seth Berry Dem Bowdoinham 2016 (2006–2014) 2024
56 Rick Mason Rep Lisbon 2017↑ 2024
57 Tom Martin Rep Greene 2018 2026
58 James R. Handy Dem Lewiston 2016 (1982–1992) 2024
59 Margaret Craven Dem Lewiston 2018 (2002–2008) 2026
60 Kristen Cloutier Dem Lewiston 2018 2026
61 Heidi Brooks Dem Lewiston 2014 2022
62 Gina Melaragno Dem Auburn 2014 2022
63 Bruce Bickford Rep Auburn 2014 (2008–2012) 2022
64 Bettyann Sheats Dem Auburn 2016 2024
65 Amy Arata Rep New Gloucester 2018 2026
66 Jessica L. Fay Dem Raymond 2016 2024
67 Susan Austin Rep Gray 2014 (2002–2010) 2022
68 Richard Cebra Rep Naples 2016 (2004–2012) 2024
69 Walter Riseman Ind Harrison 2018 2026
70 Nathan Wadsworth Rep Hiram 2014 2022
71 Sawin Millett Rep Waterford 2018 (1968–1972; 2002–2010) 2026
72 Kathleen Dillingham Rep Oxford 2014 2022
73 John Andrews Rep Paris 2018 2026
74 Christina Riley Dem Jay 2016 2024
75 Joshua Morris Rep Turner 2018 2026
76 Dennis Keschl Rep Belgrade 2018 (2010–2014) 2026
77 Michael D. Perkins Rep Oakland 2016 2024
78 Catherine Nadeau Dem Winslow 2012 2020
79 Timothy Theriault Rep China 2014 2022
80 Richard T. Bradstreet Rep Vassalboro 2016 2024
81 Craig Hickman Dem Winthrop 2012 2020
82 Kent Ackley Ind [b] Monmouth 2016 2024
83 Thom Hartnett Dem Gardiner 2018 2026
84 Charlotte Warren Dem Hallowell 2014 2022
85 Donna Doore Dem Augusta 2014 2022
86 Justin Fecteau Rep Augusta 2018 2026
87 Jeffery Hanley Rep Pittston 2014 2022
88 Chloe Maxmin Dem Nobleboro 2018 2026
89 Holly Stover Dem Boothbay 2018 2026
90 Michael Devin Dem Newcastle 2012 2020
91 Jeffrey Evangelos Ind Friendship 2018 (2012–2016) 2026
92 Ann Higgins Matlack Dem St. George 2018 2026
93 Anne Beebe-Center Dem Rockland 2015↑ 2022
94 Victoria Doudera Dem Camden 2018 2026
95 William Pluecker Ind Warren 2018 2026
96 Staney Zeigler Dem Montville 2016 2024
97 Janice Dodge Dem Belfast 2018 2026
98 Scott W. Cuddy Dem Winterport 2018 2026
99 MaryAnne Kinney Rep Knox 2014 2022
100 Danny Costain Rep Plymouth 2018 2026
101 David G. Haggan Rep Hampden 2016 2024
102 Abigail Griffin Rep Levant 2018 2026
103 Roger E. Reed Rep Carmel 2012 2020
104 Steven D. Foster Rep Dexter 2018 2026
105 Joel Stetkis Rep Canaan 2014 2022
106 Scott Walter Strom Rep Pittsfield 2016 2024
107 Betty A. Austin Dem Skowhegan 2016 2024
108 Shelley Rudnicki Rep Fairfield 2018 2026
109 Bruce A. White Dem Waterville 2018 2026
110 Colleen Madigan Dem Waterville 2016 2024
111 Philip Curtis Rep Madison 2018 (2004–2012) 2026
112 Thomas Skolfield Rep Weld 2014 2022
113 H. Scott Landry Dem Farmington 2018 2026
114 Randall C. Hall Rep Wilton 2018 2026
115 Josanne C. Dolloff Rep Rumford 2018 2026
116 Richard Pickett Rep Dixfield 2014 2022
117 Frances Head Rep Bethel 2014 2022
118 Chad Wayne Grignon Rep Athens 2016 2024
119 Paul Stearns Rep Guilford 2014 2022
120 Norman Higgins Ind [c] Dover-Foxcroft 2014 2022
121 Gary Drinkwater Rep Milford 2018 2026
122 Michelle Dunphy Dem Old Town 2014 2022
123 Ryan Tipping Dem Orono 2012 2020
124 Joe Perry Dem Bangor 2019↑ (1996–2004) 2026
125 Victoria Kornfield Dem Bangor 2012 2020
126 John Schneck Dem Bangor 2012 2020
127 Barbara A. Cardone Dem Bangor 2016 2024
128 Arthur Verow Dem Brewer 2018 (2012–2016) 2026
129 Peter Lyford Rep Eddington 2014 2022
130 Richard Campbell Rep Orrington 2012 (1992–2000) 2020
131 Sherman H. Hutchins Rep Penobscot 2018 (1988–1990) 2026
132 Nicole Grohoski Dem Ellsworth 2018 2026
133 Sarah Pebworth Dem Blue Hill 2018 2026
134 Genevieve McDonald Dem Stonington 2018 2026
135 Brian Hubbell Dem Bar Harbor 2012 2020
136 William Faulkingham Rep Winter Harbor 2018 2026
137 Lawrence Lockman Rep Amherst 2012 2020
138 Robert Alley Dem Beals 2014 2022
139 William Tuell Rep East Machias 2014 2022
140 Anne C. Perry Dem Calais 2016 (2002–2010) 2024
141 Kathy Irene Javner Rep Chester 2018 2026
142 Sheldon Hanington Rep Lincoln 2014 2022
143 Stephen Stanley Dem Medway 2012 (1996–2002) 2020
144 Gregory Swallow Rep Houlton 2018 2026
145 Chris A. Johansen Rep Monticello 2016 2024
146 Dustin White Rep Washburn 2014 2022
147 Harold "Trey" L. Stewart III Rep Presque Isle 2016 2024
148 David Harold McCrea Dem Fort Fairfield 2016 2024
149 John DeVeau Rep Caribou 2018 2026
150 Roland Martin Dem Sinclair 2014 (1974–1976) 2022
151 John L. Martin Dem Eagle Lake 2014 (1964–1996; 1998–2000; 2008–2012) 2022

Non-Voting Members

Representing Representative Party Residence Term-limited
Passamaquoddy Tribe Rena Newell Dem Princeton 2026
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Henry John Bear
Penobscot Nation Vacant

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Houlton Band of Maliseets and Penobscot Nation have both withdrawn their non-voting Representatives to the Maine House of Representatives.
  2. ^ Elected under the party label "Candid Common Sense"; currently identifies as a "Common Sense Independent" (he was elected as such previously)
  3. ^ Elected under the party label "Common Sense Independent"; currently identifies as an Independent

References

  1. ^ Rep. Aaron Frey (D-124) resigns after being elected Attorney General of Maine.
  2. ^ Rep. Don Marean (R-16) resigns the Republican caucus to become an independent.
  3. ^ Rep. Jennifer DeChant (D-52) resigns to take a position in the private sector.
  4. ^ Joe Perry (D) elected to replace Aaron Frey (D-124).
  5. ^ Rep. Dale Denno (D-45) resigns to seek treatment for cancer. Denno subsequently passed away on April 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Sean Paulhus (D) elected to replace Jennifer DeChant (D-52).
  7. ^ Steve Moriarty (D) elected to replace Dale Denno (D-45).
  8. ^ Bayly, Julia (January 26, 2012). "Houlton Maliseet, first elected tribal representative to Maine House, looking forward to session". Bangor Daily News.
  9. ^ Moretto, Mario (May 26, 2015). "Passamaquoddy, Penobscot tribes withdraw from Maine Legislature". Bangor Daily News.
  10. ^ "Tribal Representatives to the Maine Legislature, 1823 -".
  11. ^ https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/22/politics/lawmakers-party-switch-gives-greens-a-seat-in-the-maine-house/
  12. ^ House Leadership Links
  13. ^ Representatives

External links