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November 16, 2010 Jay Finegan, 287-1445
Heather Priest on Track to be Clerk of the House

AUGUSTA – Heather Priest, a 16-year veteran of legislative service, has been nominated by the incoming House Republicans to be the new Clerk of the House of Representatives. She won unanimous support during the caucus leadership elections, held on Nov. 12. The full House will formally vote on the Clerk position on December 1, but with Republicans holding a 78-72 majority in the body, her election chances appear solid.

Shawn Roderick, the senior executive secretary in the House Republican Office, won unanimous caucus support in his bid to be Assistant Clerk.

The Clerk of the House serves as the chief executive and administrative official for the House of Representatives, performing a broad range of administrative, managerial and parliamentary tasks. Responsibilities include managing House personnel, financial resources and office work in accordance with House policy, statutory provisions and other guidelines articulated by the Speaker of the House. The Clerk also oversees the compilation, organization and production of the House calendar, journal, record and other official House documents.

“I know I can perform the multitude of duties, and it is my goal to work with the Speaker of the House, members of leadership and all representatives in order to run a highly efficient chamber,” Heather Priest told the House GOP caucus last Friday.

Heather Priest, currently the senior legislative aide in the House Republican Office, was raised and educated in Augusta. After graduating from Husson College, she worked as a court reporter in the Portland area before joining the House Republican Office staff. In her free time, she is involved with numerous activities in the Augusta community. She serves as a representative of the Cony High School All-Sports Boosters and is secretary of the Maine State YMCA Camp board of directors.

Shawn Roderick is a 2006 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in political science. Before joining the House Republican Office staff in 2008, he worked on constituent services and casework investigations in the Portland office of Sen. Olympia Snowe. He also interned in the Washington office of Sen. Susan Collins. He is a 2002 graduate of Carrabec High School, in North Anson, Maine.