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 7, 2016
Leadership
Sara Gideon (D)
Since December 7, 2016
Majority Leader
Erin Herbig (D)
Since December 7, 2016
Minority Leader
Kenneth Fredette (R)
Since December 5, 2012
Structure
Seats 151 (and 2 non-voting)
Maine House of Representatives September 2017.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

  •   Republican (70)
  •   Independent (6)
  •   Green (1)
  •   Democrats (Non-voting) (1)
  •   Greens (Non-voting) (1)
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 8, 2016
(151 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(151 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
Maine House of Representatives 2014.jpg
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.

Composition of the 128th Maine House of Representatives[edit]

128th Legislature - 2017-2018
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic GI Ind Vacant
Begin 126th Legislature 58 89 0 4 151 0
End 126th 57 150 1
Begin 127th Legislature 68 79 0 4 151 0
End 127th 69 78
Begin 128th Legislature 72 77 0 2 151 0
January 4, 2017[1] 71 3
May 26, 2017[2] 75 5
September 6, 2017[3] 70 150 1
September 22, 2017[4] 74 6
September 22, 2017[5] 1 5
October 17, 2017[6] 69 6
November 7, 2017[7] 70 151 0
Latest voting share 46.4% 49% 0.7% 4%
Non-voting members 1 1 0 2

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.[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.[9]

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), 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.[10]

Officers[edit]

Position Name[11] Party Hometown
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon Democratic Freeport
Majority Leader Erin Herbig Democratic Belfast
Majority Whip Jared Golden Democratic Lewiston
Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette Republican Newport
Minority Whip Eleanor Espling Republican New Gloucester
Green Leader Ralph Chapman Green Brooksville

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[12] Party Residence Term-limited
1 Deane Rykerson Dem Kittery 2020
2 Mark W. Lawrence Dem South Berwick 2024
3 Lydia Blume Dem York 2022
4 Patricia Hymanson Dem York 2022
5 Beth O'Connor Rep Berwick 2022
6 Jennifer Ellen Parker Dem South Berwick 2024
7 Robert A. Foley Rep Wells 2022
8 Christopher Babbidge Dem Kennebunk 2022
9 Harrison Stedman Seavey Rep Kennebunkport 2022
10 Wayne Parry Rep Arundel 2018
11 Ryan Fecteau Dem Biddeford 2022
12 Martin J. Grohman Ind Biddeford 2022
13 George W. Hogan Dem Old Orchard Beach 2022
14 Donna Bailey Dem Saco 2024
15 Margaret M. O'Neil Dem Saco 2024
16 Donald G. Marean Rep Hollis 2020
17 Dwayne W. Prescott Rep Waterboro 2022
18 Anne-Marie Mastraccio Dem Sanford 2020
19 Matthew Harrington Rep Sanford 2022
20 Karen Gerrish Rep Lebanon 2022
21 Heidi H. Sampson Rep Alfred 2024
22 Jonathan L. Kinney Rep Limington 2020
23 Lester Ordway Rep Standish 2022
24 Mark Bryant Dem Windham 2022
25 Patrick Corey Rep Windham 2022
26 Maureen Fitzgerald Terry Dem Gorham 2024
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 2018
31 Lois Galgay Reckitt Dem South Portland 2024
32 Scott Hamann Dem South Portland 2020
33 Kevin Battle Ind South Portland 2022
34 Andrew Gattine Dem Westbrook 2020
35 Dillon Bates Dem Westbrook 2022
36 Denise Harlow Ind Portland 2018
37 Richard Farnsworth Dem Portland 2020
38 Matthew Moonen Dem Portland 2020
39 Michael A. Sylvester Dem Portland 2024
40 Rachel Talbot Ross Dem Portland 2024
41 Erik Jorgensen Dem Portland 2020
42 Benjamin Collings Dem Portland 2024
43 Heather B. Sanborn Dem Portland 2024
44 Teresa Pierce Dem Falmouth 2022
45 Dale J. Denno Dem Cumberland 2024
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 Seth Berry Dem Bowdoinham 2024
56 Rick Mason Rep Lisbon 2024
57 Stephen Wood Rep Greene 2018
58 James R. Handy Dem Lewiston 2024
59 Roger Fuller Dem Lewiston 2024
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 Bettyann Sheats Dem Auburn 2024
65 Eleanor Espling Rep New Gloucester 2018
66 Jessica L. Fay Dem Raymond 2024
67 Susan Austin Rep Gray 2022
68 Richard Cebra Rep Naples 2024
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 Christina Riley Dem Jay 2024
75 Jeffrey Timberlake Rep Turner 2018
76 Gary Hilliard Rep Belgrade 2022
77 Michael D. Perkins Rep Oakland 2024
78 Catherine Nadeau Dem Winslow 2020
79 Timothy Theriault Rep China 2022
80 Richard T. Bradstreet Rep Vassalboro 2024
81 Craig Hickman Dem Winthrop 2020
82 Kent Ackley Ind[note 1] Monmouth 2024
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 Jeffery Hanley Rep Pittston 2022
88 Deborah Sanderson Rep Chelsea 2018
89 Stephanie Hawke Rep Boothbay Harbor 2022
90 Michael Devin Dem Newcastle 2020
91 Abden S. Simmons Rep Waldoboro 2024
92 John Alden Spear Dem South Thomaston 2024
93 Anne Beebe-Center Dem Rockland 2022
94 Owen Casas Ind Rockport 2024
95 Paula G. Sutton Rep Warren 2024
96 Staney Zeigler Dem Montville 2024
97 Erin Herbig Dem Belfast 2018
98 James S. Gillway Rep Searsport 2024
99 MaryAnne Kinney Rep Knox 2022
100 Kenneth Fredette Rep Newport 2018
101 David G. Haggan Rep Hampden 2024
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 Scott Walter Strom Rep Pittsfield 2024
107 Betty A. Austin Dem Skowhegan 2024
108 John Picchiotti Rep Fairfield 2022
109 Thomas Longstaff Dem Waterville 2018
110 Colleen Madigan Dem Waterville 2024
111 Bradlee Farrin Rep Norridgewock 2022
112 Thomas Skolfield Rep Weld 2022
113 Lance Evans Harvell Rep Farmington 2024
114 Russell Black Rep Wilton 2018
115 John E. Madigan Jr. Dem Rumford 2024
116 Richard Pickett Rep Dixfield 2022
117 Frances Head Rep Bethel 2022
118 Chad Wayne Grignon Rep Athens 2024
119 Paul Stearns Rep Guilford 2022
120 Norman Higgins Ind 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 Barbara A. Cardone Dem Bangor 2024
128 Garrel Robert Craig Rep Brewer 2024
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 Grn[13] 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 Anne C. Perry Dem Calais 2024
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 Chris A. Johansen Rep Monticello 2024
146 Dustin White Rep Washburn 2022
147 Harold L. Stewart III Rep Presque Isle 2024
148 David Harold McCrea Dem Fort Fairfield 2024
149 Carol McElwee Rep Caribou 2020
150 Roland Martin Dem Sinclair 2022
151 John L. Martin Dem Eagle Lake 2022

Non-Voting Members[edit]

Representing Representative Party Residence Term-limited
Passamaquoddy Tribe Matthew Dana II Dem Princeton 2022
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Henry John Bear Grn Houlton 2018

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ackley's designation is "Common Sense Independent"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Battle (District 33) switched parties from Republican to Independent.[1]
  2. ^ Reps. Denise Harlow (District 36) and Ralph Chapman (District 133) switched parties from Democratic to Independent. [2]
  3. ^ Republican Gina Mason (District 33) dies [3]
  4. ^ Rep. Martin Grohman (District 12) switched parties from Democratic to Independent. [4]
  5. ^ Ralph Chapman (District 133) switched parties again from Independent to Green Independent. [5]
  6. ^ Norm Higgins (District 120) switched parties from Republican to Independent. [6]
  7. ^ Republican Rick Mason elected to replace the late Rep. Gina Mason (R-56) [7]
  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. ^ https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/22/politics/lawmakers-party-switch-gives-greens-a-seat-in-the-maine-house/
  11. ^ House Leadership Links
  12. ^ Representatives
  13. ^ https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/22/politics/lawmakers-party-switch-gives-greens-a-seat-in-the-maine-house/

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