Representative Andrea M. Boland
| District #142
About Rep. Boland
Rep. Andrea Boland is serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives. She serves on the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government and the Government Oversight Committee.
She has served on the board of the Home Health Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, Sanford’s Personnel Board, the York County Budget Committee, the Board of Directors of the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, and the Sanford Maine Stage Pinetree Players, and brought the Odyssey of the Mind program to Sanford schools. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the National Health Federation.
Rep. Boland has been an advocate for wellness and prevention from her first year of service, arguing for implementation of nutritional health strategies into the Maine health service delivery system, including incentives and/or coverage for healthy choices and alternatives that work and providers can document. She has also introduced legislation to require doctors to give written estimates to patients for proposed procedures.
A nationally recognized leader for safe wireless and safe cell phone use and application, Rep. Boland introduced the first legislation in the world requiring health and safety warning labels on cell phones, and was instrumental in the new law directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission to examine current cyber security and privacy requirements in law relating to smart meters. This was the first legislation in Maine to address consumer concerns about smart meters and Maine has become the first state in the U.S. to allow opt-outs from wireless smart meters. Rep. Boland continues to support the effort to facilitate a good PUC response to the Maine Supreme Court's ruling that the PUC failed in its duty to examine health and safety matters before approving installation of wireless smart meters.
Rep. Boland is also considered a national leader in electric infrastructure security from geomagnetic solar storms and manmade electromagnetic pulse. She served as a U.S. delegate to the International Electric Infrastructure Security Summit in London in May of 2012, and participated in the Dupont Summit 2012 on "High Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure" in Washington, D.C. She submittedlegislation to the Leadership Council in 2012 to require known, available, low-cost protections of the grid and will be resubmitting it this session.
Rep. Boland is self-employed as a real estate title examiner and as an independent distributor for a company that formulates and markets nutritional products and functional foods. Previously, she worked as a consultant to the city of Boston and successfully organized and directed an effort that returned millions of dollars to the city.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Rep. Boland graduated from Elmira College in New York with a B.A. in international studies and French. She studied for a year at the University of Paris at the Political Science Institute and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
In 1978 Rep. Boland moved to Maine and currently resides in Sanford. Her daughter, Michaela, lives and works in Portland and her son, Tim, lives and works in San Diego, CA.