Representative Seth A. Berry
1245 River Road, Bowdoinham, ME 04008
About Rep. Berry
House Majority Leader Seth Berry is currently serving his fourth term in the Maine Legislature, where he is also House Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future. He previously served as Assistant Majority Leader and on the committees on Taxation and Energy, Utilities and Technology, as well as the Maine Children's Growth Council.
Berry is also Vice President for International Business Development of Kennebec River Biosciences in Richmond, Maine, a blue biotech lab working to improve the health and sustainability of aquatic farms and fisheries worldwide.
Prior to his policy and business work, Majority Leader Berry worked for two decades in education. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. He spent the decades of the 1990s teaching in inner-city New York, and most of the next decade teaching back home rural Maine. Berry also taught graduate-level courses in education for fellow teachers, first through Lehman College in New York and later through the University of Southern Maine.
Berry’s awards as an educator include the 1999 Hexter Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Public Education Association. His teaching was featured in New York City’s Best Middle Schools (Soho Press, 1999).
For his policy work, Berry is a recipient of the 2007 Clean Air Award from the Maine Lung Association, the 2011 Prevention Award from the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, and the 2014 Friend of Youth in Care Award from the Maine Youth Leadership Advisory Team.
Berry also serves on the advisory council of his regional early childhood organization, Success by Six. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Berry served for four years on the Bowdoinham town selectboard, including a year as its chair.
Majority Leader Berry and his wife, Adelaida Gaviria, reside in Bowdoinham with their two children, who attend the local public school, take care of their ducks and laying hens, and help to harvest the crops and firewood.