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For Immediate Release

Date: 11/30/11

Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

House Republican Office

November 21, 2011

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Jay Finegan, 287-1445


Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

"I liked the direction the Legislature was taking in creating a stronger business environment, and I liked what the governor was doing," he said. "There was a tremendous record of success in the First Session, with tax cuts, pension reform, welfare reform and the streamlining of regulations. But we still face challenges in such critical areas as energy, education and the economy. I'm looking forward to getting to work for the folks in my district and the citizens of Maine."

Rep. Wallace was born and raised in Dexter as the seventh of eight children, and he attended Dexter schools. He was a designer for the Dexter Shoe Company until the Dexter plant closed in 2001. He later worked as a product designer for Coach Industries in New York City and at a credit union in Maine. He and his wife, Donna, have two sons and three grandchildren.

During his service in the Vietnam War, Rep. Wallace was an Army radio wireman, stationed first at Pleiku in the Central Highlands and later in Saigon.

House Speaker Robert Nutting was on hand in the governor's cabinet room when Rep. Wallace took the oath of office. "I'm delighted to welcome Ray to the Legislature," he said. "With his extensive experience in the business world, I'm sure he will be a positive force as we continue our work to strengthen Maine's economy."

Rep. Wallace also was officially welcomed to the Republican caucus by House Majority Leader Phil Curtis (R-Madison) and Assistant Leader Andre Cushing (R-Hampden), and by Reps. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville), Ken Fredette (R-Newport) and Jeff Timberlake (R-Turner).

Rep. Wallace's House district includes Athens, Charleston, Dexter, Garland, Harmony and Ripley. ###

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