Representative Ralph Chapman
District #37
455 Varnumville Road, Brooksville, ME 04617


About Rep. Chapman

Rep. Chapman represents the six coastal Hancock County towns of Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, Sedgwick, and Surry. He has lived in the district for more than twenty years with his wife, Rebecca Poole, where they raised their (now grown) children. He has also served for six years on Brooksville's Budget & Advisory Committee.

His primary career has been in scientific research applied to energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. He has worked at the MIT Lincoln Lab, the Tufts Electro-Optics Technology Center, and currently at United Technologies Center, the regional public Career & Technical Education secondary school in Bangor.

Rep. Chapman has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has reviewed numerous articles submitted for publication. He has taught at the elementary to graduate levels and currently provides training in advanced building science for the energy efficient residential construction industry.

His legislative priorities are: 1) to bring a scientific approach and data analysis capability to the legislative process; 2) to promote job creation through innovation in local industry & 3) to encourage citizen involvement in governmental processes.

Rep. Chapman is serving his second term in the Legislature on the Marine Resources Committee. He plans to continue his work on education reform, especially in the areas of early childhood education and the high school to college transition. Because of his expertise in energy, he expects to be very active on energy issues, especially those that directly impact Maine's workforce and economy.