The Maine House of Representatives

Extract from Swearing-in Ceremonies Programme*
of the 126th Maine House of Representatives
December 5, 2012

Note: The following information was correct for the members-elect when the 126th Legislature convened on December 5, 2012; there has been at least one change since that time.

Of the 151 members of the House of the 126th Maine Legislature, 89 are Democrats, 58 are Republicans, two are Independents and two are Unenrolled.

There are 47 women in the House; 34 are Democrats and 13 are Republicans.

Representative Helen Rankin of Hiram, 81, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Justin Mark Chenette of Saco, 21, is the youngest.

Representative Barry J. Hobbins of Saco is the Representative who served in the earliest Legislature, having been elected to the 106th Legislature in 1972.

Five members have prior service in the State Senate.  Representative Hobbins served in the Senate from York County in the 114th and the 122nd through the 125th Legislatures.  Representative Sharon Anglin Treat of Hallowell served in the Senate from Kennebec County in the 118th through the 121st Legislatures.  Representative Paul T. Davis, Sr., of Sangerville served in the Senate from Piscataquis County in the 119th through the 122nd Legislatures.  Representative Margaret R. Rotundo of Lewiston served in the Senate from Androscoggin County in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures.  Representative Stephen S. Stanley of Medway served in the Senate from Penobscot County in the 121st Legislature.

Of the 65 new members of the House, 10 have prior service in the House.  Representative Hobbins was a member of the House in the 106th through the 111th Legislatures.  Representative Richard H. Campbell of Orrington was a member of the House in the 116th through the 119th Legislatures.  Representative Thomas M. Tyler of Windham was a member of the House in the 117th Legislature.  Representative Joseph E. Brooks of Winterport and Representative Stanley were members of the House in the 118th through the 120th Legislatures.  Representative Richard R. Farnsworth of Portland was a member of the House in the 118th Legislature.  Representative Brian M. Duprey of Hampden was a member of the House in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures.  Representative Anita Peavey Haskell of Milford was a member of the House in the 120th and 121st Legislatures.  Representative James J. Campbell, Sr., of Newfield was a member of the House in the 121st through the 124th Legislatures.  Representative Donald G. Marean of Hollis was a member of the House in the 122nd and 123rd Legislatures. 

Ninety-six members have had previous experience in the House.  Representatives Hobbins, Robert W. Nutting of Oakland, Charles R. Priest of Brunswick and Treat begin their 7th term.  Representative Tom J. Winsor of Norway begins his 6th term.  Representatives Brian D. Bolduc of Auburn, Campbell of Newfield, Campbell of Orrington, and Duprey begin their 5th terms.  Twenty-two members begin their 4th term today; 20 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 2014; Representatives Priest and Treat are also beginning their 4th consecutive term and will be prohibited from running for the House in 2014.  Twenty-five members begin their 3rd term, 40 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 55 members beginning their first term in the House, 42 Democrats, 12 Republicans, and one Unenrolled.  The combined experience of returning members of the House is 398 years.  The average age of the members of the House is 53.6 (52.8 for men and 55.5 for women).

By way of occupation, the 126th House of Representatives is composed of 10 educators (five active and five retired) while another four are in education administration (two active and two retired).  There are eight attorneys in the House, two farmers, and nine people who work in the health care profession.  Two legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry, three are carpenters, and one is a logger.  Fourteen members are businesspeople, seven are consultants, and nine are self-employed.  Overall there are 35 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state, and federal government.

Six legislators formerly served as legislative staff: Representatives Brooks, Benjamin M. Chipman of Portland, Jennifer DeChant of Bath, Timothy I. Marks of Pittston, Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth and Priest.

Of the 151 members of the House, 76 were born in Maine, 15 of them in the communities they currently represent.  Seventeen members were born in Massachusetts, 7 each were born in New Jersey and New York, and the rest were born in 18 other states and the District of Columbia.  All have been elected to serve two-year terms.



*Representative Paul D. McGowan (D-York) passed away July 27, 2014. This created a vacancy in House District 149, resulting in a breakdown of 88 Democrats, 58 Republicans, two Independents and two Unenrolled member, with one vacancy.