The Maine House of Representatives

Extract from Swearing-in Ceremonies Programme*
of the 125th Maine House of Representatives
December 1, 2010

Note: The following information was correct for the members-elect when the 125th Legislature convened on December 1, 2010; there has been at least one change since that time.

Of the 151 members of the House of the 125th Maine Legislature, 78 are Republicans, 72 are Democrats, and one is Unenrolled.

There are 45 women in the House; 18 are Republicans and 27 are Democrats.

Representative Helen Rankin of Hiram, 79, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Alexander Reginald Willette of Mapleton, 21, 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 1998 and in 2008, for a total of 36 years of prior service. 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 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. Representative Dana L. Dow of Waldoboro served in the Senate from Lincoln County in the 122nd and 123rd Legislatures.

Of the 53 new members of the House, three have prior service in the House. Representative G. Paul Waterhouse of Bridgton was a member of the House in the 117th through the 120th Legislatures. Representative Tom J. Winsor of Norway was a member of the House in the 117th through the 120th Legislatures. Representative Bradley S. Moulton of York was a member of the House in the 122nd Legislature.

One hundred and one members have had previous experience in the House. Representative Martin begins his 19th term. Representative Herbert E. Clark of Millinocket begins his 12th term. Representative Tuttle begins his 11th term. Representatives Anne M. Haskell of Portland, Robert W. Nutting of Oakland, Charles R. Priest of Brunswick and Treat begin their 6th term. Representatives Waterhouse and Winsor begin their 5th term. Twenty-six members begin their 4th term today; 25 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 2012; Representatives Clark and Tuttle are also beginning their 4th consecutive term and will be prohibited from running for the House in 2012. Twenty-six members begin their 3rd term, 40 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 50 members beginning their first term in the House, 35 Republicans, 14 Democrats, and one Unenrolled. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 470 years. The average age of the members of the House is 53.3 (53.7 for men and 52.5 for women).

By way of occupation, the 125th House of Representatives is composed of 17 educators (10 active and 7 retired) while another five are in education administration (two active and three retired). There are eight attorneys in the House, one farmer, and nine people who work in the health care profession. Two legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry, six are carpenters, and one is a logger. Seventeen members are businesspeople, five are consultants, and four are self-employed. Overall there are 36 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state, and federal government.

Two legislators formerly served as legislative staff: Representative Priest served as Assistant Director of Legislative Research and Representative Benjamin M. Chipman of Portland served as a Legislative Aide.

Of the 151 members of the House, 88 were born in Maine, 23 of them in the communities they currently represent. Seventeen members were born in Massachusetts, 10 were born in New York, one was born in Canada, one was born in England, and the rest were born in 17 other states and the District of Columbia. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.


*Representative Everett W. McLeod, Sr. (R-Lee) passed away December 20, 2010, creating a vacancy in House District 11. That vacancy was filled with the election of Beth P. Turner (R-Burlington) on March 1, 2011. Representative Turner was seated March 3, 2011, resulting in a breakdown of 78 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member.

Representative Cynthia A. Dill (D-Cape Elizabeth) resigned May 12, 2011, after being elected to the Maine State Senate in a Special Election on May 10, 2011. This created a vacancy in House District 121, resulting in a breakdown of 78 Republicans, 71 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member, with one vacancy.

That vacancy was filled with the election of Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig (D-Cape Elizabeth) on August 16, 2011. Representative Monaghan-Derrig was sworn in on August 19, 2011, resulting in a breakdown of 78 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member.

Representative Frederick L. Wintle (R-Garland) resigned September 13, 2011. This created a vacancy in House District 24, resulting in a breakdown of 77 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member, with one vacancy.

That vacancy was filled with the election of Raymond A. Wallace (R-Dexter) on November 8, 2011. Representative Wallace was sworn in on November 21, 2011, resulting in a breakdown of 78 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member.

On January 4, 2012, pursuant to Title 3 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Section A-1, David Slagger was sworn in and seated as the first Representative of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Representative David R. Burns (R-Alfred) resigned January 31, 2012. This created a vacancy in House District 138, resulting in a breakdown of 77 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member, with one vacancy.

Representative Robert B. Hunt (D-Buxton) resigned June 1, 2012. This created a vacancy in House District 131, resulting in a breakdown of 77 Republicans, 71 Democrats, and one Unenrolled member, with two vacancies.

Representative Stephen P. Hanley from Gardiner changed from D to U on June 29, 2012. This resulted in a breakdown of 77 Republicans, 70 Democrats, and two Unenrolled members, with two vacancies.