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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/18/11

Rep. Mike Willette Appointed to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Mike Willette has been named to the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, giving him an influential voice in a range of areas, from election law and veterans' programs to off-track betting.

"This committee was one of my top choices," said Rep. Willette (R-Presque Isle), a second-term legislator. "As a former Army medic, I'm deeply interested in veterans' affairs and making sure Maine's vets are well-treated. The committee will be busy this session with gambling issues and some high-profile bills to make our voting procedures more secure, so I'm looking forward to a high level of activity."

Rep. Willette served in Iraq during the Desert Storm operation of 1990-1991 as a combat medic, for which he was awarded the Combat Medic badge and the Desert Storm Service medal.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over liquor laws; lottery; games of chance; harness racing; and off-track betting. It also oversees election laws;

campaign practices; campaign financing and the Maine Clean Election Act; voter registration; and initiatives and referenda.

Additionally, the committee handles veterans' programs; the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Services; the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations; and the Maine National Guard.

A significant number of military veterans are on the committee this session, including State Sen. Nichi Farnham (R-Penobscot), an Air Force Academy graduate, who serves as the Senate chair.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.

Rep. Willette holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry and secondary education teaching certifications in life and physical sciences. He is co-owner of Big Bear Real Estate in Presque Isle. His son, Rep. Alexander Willette, is a new state representative from Mapleton. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 287-1445