Note: The following information was correct for the members-elect when the 124th Legislature convened on December 3, 2008; there have been several changes since that time.
Of the 151 members of the House of the 124th Maine Legislature, 96 are Democrats, 54 are Republicans, and one is Unenrolled.
There are 47 women in the House; 37 are Democrats and 10 are Republicans.
Representative Walter A. Wheeler, Sr., of Kittery, 83, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Henry E. M. Beck of Waterville, 22, is the youngest.
Representative John L. Martin of Eagle Lake is the member with the longest service in the House, having been first elected to the 102nd Legislature in 1964 and re-elected in 1996 and in 2008. Representative Martin is also the Representative who served in the earliest Legislature, and served as Speaker of the House from 1975 to 1994.
Six members have prior service in the State Senate. Representative John L. Tuttle, Jr., of Sanford served in the Senate from York County in the 112th and 113th Legislatures. Representative Peggy A. Pendleton of Scarborough served in the Senate from Cumberland County in the 118th through 121st Legislatures. Representative Sharon Anglin Treat of Hallowell served in the Senate from Kennebec County in the 118th through 121st Legislatures. Representative Paul T. Davis, Sr., of Sangerville served in the Senate from Piscataquis County in the 119th through the 122nd Legislatures. Representative Martin served in the Senate from Aroostook County in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures. Representative Margaret R. Rotundo of Lewiston served in the Senate from Androscoggin County in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures.
Of the 52 new members of the House, four have prior service in the House. Representative Martin was a member of the House in the 102nd through 117th and 119th Legislatures. Representative Thomas J. Wright of Berwick was a member of the House in the 118th Legislature. Representative Brian D. Bolduc of Auburn was a member of the House in the 118th and 119th Legislatures. Representative Robert W. Nutting of Oakland was a member of the House in the 119th through 122nd Legislatures.
One hundred and three members have had previous experience in the House. Representative Martin begins his 18th term. Representative Herbert E. Clark of Millinocket begins his 11th term. Representative Tuttle begins his 10th term. Representatives Herbert Adams of Portland and Henry L. Joy of Crystal begin their 8th term. Representative H. Sawin Millett, Jr., of Waterford begins his 6th term. Representatives Anne M. Haskell of Portland, Nutting, Pendleton, Charles R. Priest of Brunswick and Treat begin their 5th term. Twenty members begin their 4th term today; 19 of them are beginning their 4th consecutive term and by the provisions of Maine’s term limit laws will be prohibited from running for the House in 2010; Representatives Adams, Joy and Millett are also beginning their 4th consecutive term. Thirty-three members begin their 3rd term, 39 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 48 members beginning their first term in the House, 36 Democrats and 12 Republicans. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 474 years. The average age of the members of the House is 53.8 (53.4 for men and 54.6 for women).
By way of occupation, the 124th House of Representatives is composed of 22 educators (10 active and 12 retired) while another five are in education administration (two active and three retired). There are eight attorneys in the House, two farmers, and nine people who work in the health care profession. Three legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry. Seventeen members are businesspeople, five are consultants, and six are self-employed. Overall there are 39 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state, and federal government.
One legislator formerly served as legislative staff: Representative Charles R. Priest of Brunswick served as Assistant Director of Legislative Research.
Of the 151 members of the House, 80 were born in Maine, 27 of them in the communities they currently represent. Nineteen members were born in Massachusetts, 11 members were born in New York, one was born in England, and the rest were born in 19 other states and the District of Columbia. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.
*Representative Janet T. Mills (D-Farmington) declined to receive the oath of office to become a member of the 124th Maine Legislature.
As of the end of the day on December 3, 2008, there were 95 Democrats, 54 Republicans, one Unenrolled member, and one vacancy.
A special election to fill the vacancy was held on February 3, and Representative-Elect Lance Evans Harvell (R-Farmington) was sworn in on February 5, resulting in a breakdown of 95 Democrats, 55 Republicans, and one Unenrolled member.
Representative Thomas B. Saviello changed from Unenrolled to Republican on October 15, 2009, resulting in a breakdown of 95 Democrats, 56 Republicans, and no Unenrolled members.
Representative James J. Campbell, Sr., changed from Republican to Unenrolled on December 15, 2009, resulting in a breakdown of 95 Democrats, 55 Republicans, and one Unenrolled member.
Representative Thomas R. Watson (D-Bath) resigned on May 3, 2010, resulting in a breakdown of 94 Democrats, 55 Republicans, one Unenrolled member and one vacancy.