Maine House of Representatives

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Maine House of Representatives
Maine State Legislature
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Type
Type
Term limits
4 Terms (8 years)
History
New session started
December 2, 2020
Leadership
Ryan Fecteau (D)
since December 2, 2020
Majority Leader
Michelle Dunphy (D)
since December 2, 2020
Minority Leader
Kathleen Dillingham (R)
since December 5, 2018
Structure
Seats151 (and 3 non-voting)
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Political groups
Majority
  •    Democratic (80 (and 1 non-voting))

Minority

Other

Vacant

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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 3, 2020
(151 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(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 and elected via Plurality voting. 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.

Contents

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 130th (2020-2022) Maine House of Representatives

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Green Ind. Libertarian Independ. Vacant
Begin 126th Legislature (Dec. 2012)89580041510
End 126th Legislature571501
Begin 127th Legislature (Dec. 2014)79680041510
End 127th Legislature7869
Begin 128th Legislature (Dec. 2016)77720021510
End 128th Legislature7370161501
Begin 129th Legislature (Dec. 2018) [lower-alpha 2] 89570051510
End 129th Legislature875661492
Begin 130th Legislature (Dec. 2020)80670041510
December 14, 2020 [lower-alpha 3] 661
Latest voting share
Non-voting members1000012

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 second session of the 125th 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. [1]

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. [2]

The Maliseets chose not to send a Representative to the 129th Legislature, elected in 2018. As of the 2020 election, the Maliseets and the Penobscots haven't returned to the House, leaving just the Passamaquoddy Representative, Rena Newell. [3]

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. [4]

Officers

PositionName [5] PartyHometown
Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau Democratic Biddeford
Majority Leader Michelle Dunphy Democratic Old Town
Majority Whip Rachel Talbot Ross Democratic Portland
Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham Republican Oxford
Minority Whip Joel Stekins Republican Cannan

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

DistrictRepresentative [5] PartyResidenceFirst electedTerm-limited
1 Kristi Mathieson Dem Kittery 20202028
2 Michele Meyer Dem Eliot 20182026
3 Lydia Blume Dem York 20142022
4 Patricia Hymanson Dem York 20142022
5 Beth O'Connor Rep Berwick 2014 (2010–2012)2022
6 Tiffany Roberts Dem South Berwick 20182026
7 Timothy Roche Rep Wells 20202028
8 Christopher Babbidge Dem Kennebunk 2014 (2004–2008)2022
9 Traci Gere Dem Kennebunkport 20202028
10 Wayne Parry Rep Arundel 2020 (2010-2018)2028
11 Ryan Fecteau Dem Biddeford 20142022
12 Erin Sheehan Dem Biddeford 20202028
13 Lori Gramlich Dem Old Orchard Beach 20182026
14 Lynn Copeland Dem Saco 20202028
15 Margaret M. O'Neil Dem Saco 20162024
16 Nathan Carlow Rep Buxton 20202028
17 Dwayne W. Prescott Rep Waterboro 20142022
18 John Tuttle Dem Sanford 2020 (1978–1984; 1994–2002; 2004–2012)2028
19 Matthew Harrington Rep Sanford 2015↑2022
20 Theodore Kryzak Rep Acton 20182026
21 Heidi H. Sampson Rep Alfred 20162024
22 Mark John Blier Rep Buxton 20182026
23 Lester Ordway Rep Standish 2015↑2022
24 Mark Bryant Dem Windham 2014 (2004–2012)2022
25 Patrick Corey Rep Windham 20142022
26 Maureen Fitzgerald Terry Dem Gorham 20162024
27 Kyle Bailey Dem Gorham 20202028
28 Chris Caiazzo Dem Scarborough 20182026
29 Sophia Warren Ind Scarborough 20202028
30 Rebecca Millett Dem Cape Elizabeth 20202028
31 Lois Galgay Reckitt Dem South Portland 20162024
32 Chris Kessler Dem South Portland 20182026
33 Victoria Morales Dem South Portland 20182026
34 Morgan Rielly Dem Westbrook 20202028
35 Suzanne Salisbury Dem Westbrook 20202028
36 Michael F. Brennan Dem Portland 2018 (1992–2000)2026
37 Grayson Lookner Dem Portland 20202028
38 Barbara Wood Dem Portland 20202028
39 Michael Sylvester Dem Portland 20162024
40 Rachel Talbot Ross Dem Portland 20162024
41 Samuel Zager Dem Portland 20202028
42 Benjamin Collings Dem Portland 20162024
43 W. Edward Crockett Dem Portland 20182026
44 Teresa Pierce Dem Falmouth 20142022
45 Stephen Moriarty Dem Cumberland 2019↑ (2012–2014)2026
46 Braden Sharpe Dem Durham 20182026
47 Arthur Bell Dem Yarmouth 20202028
48 Melanie Sachs Dem Freeport 20202028
49 Poppy Arford Dem Brunswick 20202028
50 Ralph Tucker Dem Brunswick 20142022
51 Joyce McCreight Dem Harpswell 20142022
52 Sean Paulhus Dem Bath 2019↑2026
53 Allison Hepler Dem Woolwich 20182026
54 Denise Tepler Dem Topsham 20142022
55 Seth Berry Dem Bowdoinham 2016 (2006–2014)2024
56 Rick Mason Rep Lisbon 2017↑2024
57 Thomas Martin Rep Greene 20182026
58 Jonathan Connor Rep Lewiston 20202028
59 Margaret Craven Dem Lewiston 2018 (2002–2008)2026
60 Kristen Cloutier Dem Lewiston 20182026
61 Heidi Brooks Dem Lewiston 20142022
62 Gina Melaragno Dem Auburn 20142022
63 Bruce Bickford Rep Auburn 2014 (2008–2012)2022
64 Laurel Libby Rep Auburn 20202028
65 Amy Arata Rep New Gloucester 20182026
66 Jessica L. Fay Dem Raymond 20162024
67 Susan Austin Rep Gray 2014 (2002–2010)2022
68 Richard Cebra Rep Naples 2016 (2004–2012)2024
69 Walter Riseman Ind Harrison 20182026
70 Nathan Wadsworth Rep Hiram 20142022
71 Sawin Millett Rep Waterford 2018 (1968–1972; 2002–2010)2026
72 Kathleen Dillingham Rep Oxford 20142022
73 John Andrews Lib Paris 20182026
74 Shelia Lyman Rep Livermore Falls 20202028
75 Joshua Morris Rep Turner 20182026
76 Daniel Newman Rep Belgrade 20202028
77 Michael D. Perkins Rep Oakland 20162024
78 Cathy Nadeau Rep Winslow 20202028
79 Timothy Theriault Rep China 20142022
80 Richard T. Bradstreet Rep Vassalboro 20162024
81 Tavis Hasenfus Dem Readfield 20202028
82 Randall Greenwood Rep Wales 2020 (2014-2016)2028
83 Thom Harnett Dem Gardiner 20182026
84 Charlotte Warren Dem Hallowell 20142022
85 Donna Doore Dem Augusta 20142022
86 Justin Fecteau Rep Augusta 20182026
87 Jeffery Hanley Rep Pittston 20142022
88 Michael Lemelin Rep Chelsea 20202028
89 Holly Stover Dem Boothbay 20182026
90 Lydia Crafts Dem Newcastle 20202028
91 Jeffrey Evangelos Ind Friendship 2018 (2012–2016)2026
92 Ann Higgins Matlack Dem St. George 20182026
93 Valli Geiger Dem Rockland 20202028
94 Victoria Doudera Dem Camden 20182026
95 William Pluecker Ind Warren 20182026
96 Staney Zeigler Dem Montville 20162024
97 Janice Dodge Dem Belfast 20182026
98 Scott W. Cuddy Dem Winterport 20182026
99 MaryAnne Kinney Rep Knox 20142022
100 Danny Costain Rep Plymouth 20182026
101 David G. Haggan Rep Hampden 20162024
102 Abigail Griffin Rep Levant 20182026
103 James Thorne Rep Carmel 20202028
104 Steven D. Foster Rep Dexter 20182026
105 Joel Stetkis Rep Canaan 20142022
106 Amanda Collamore Rep Pittsfield 20202028
107 Jennifer Poirier Rep Skowhegan 20202028
108 Shelley Rudnicki Rep Fairfield 20182026
109 Bruce A. White Dem Waterville 20182026
110 Colleen Madigan Dem Waterville 20162024
111 John Ducharme Rep Madison 20202028
112 Thomas Skolfield Rep Weld 20142022
113 H. Scott Landry Dem Farmington 20182026
114 Randall C. Hall Rep Wilton 20182026
115 Josanne C. Dolloff Rep Milton 20182026
116 Richard Pickett Rep Dixfield 20142022
117 Frances Head Rep Bethel 20142022
118 Chad Wayne Grignon Rep Athens 20162024
119 Paul Stearns Rep Guilford 20142022
120 Richard Evans Dem Dover-Foxcroft 20202028
121 Gary Drinkwater Rep Milford 20182026
122 Michelle Dunphy Dem Old Town 20142022
123 Laurie Osher Dem Orono 20202028
124 Joe Perry Dem Bangor 2019↑ (1996–2004)2026
125 Amy Roeder Dem Bangor 20202028
126 Laura Supica Dem Bangor 20202028
127 Barbara A. Cardone Dem Bangor 20162024
128 Kevin O'Connell Dem Brewer 2020↑2026
129 Peter Lyford Rep Eddington 20142022
130 Kathy Downes Rep Bucksport 20202028
131 Sherman H. Hutchins Rep Penobscot 2018 (1988–1990)2026
132 Nicole Grohoski Dem Ellsworth 20182026
133 Sarah Pebworth Dem Blue Hill 20182026
134 Genevieve McDonald Dem Stonington 20182026
135 Lynne Williams Dem Bar Harbor 20202028
136 William "Billy Bob" Faulkingham Rep Winter Harbor 20182026
137 Meldon Carmichael Rep Greenbush 20202028
138 Robert Alley Dem Beals 20142022
139 William Tuell Rep East Machias 20142022
140 Anne C. Perry Dem Calais 2016 (2002–2010)2024
141 Kathy Irene Javner Rep Chester 20182026
142 Jeffery Gifford Rep Lincoln 2020 (2006-2014)2028
143 Peggy Jo Stanley Rep Medway 20202028
144 Tracy Quint Rep Hodgdon 20202028
145 Chris A. Johansen Rep Monticello 20162024
146 Dustin White Rep Washburn 20142022
147 Joseph Underwood Rep Presque Isle 20202028
148 David Harold McCrea Dem Fort Fairfield 20162024
149 Susan Bernard Rep Caribou 20202028
150 Roland "Danny" 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

RepresentingRepresentativePartyResidenceTerm-limited
Passamaquoddy Tribe Rena Newell Dem Princeton 2026
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Vacant
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. Includes a Rep.-elect who declined to take the oath of office.
  3. Rep. John Andrews (R-73) switches parties from Republican to Libertarian.

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