Representative Justin Mark Chenette
19 Buckthorn Circle, Saco, ME 04072
Rep. Justin Chenette is serving in the Maine House of Representatives as its youngest official and is the youngest openly gay legislator in the country. He serves on the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee, as the Youth Caucus vice chair and as a Young Elected Officials Network state director.
Justin is the CEO of Chenette Media LLC, a multimedia company that operates a network of business ventures including Chenette Communications, Justin Chenette Productions and Chenette Press. He is a notary public, Thornton Academy class agent, Courier columnist and a member of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, Saco Area Historical Society, OOB 365 and the Unite Against Bullying ME project.
In 2008, Gov. John Baldacci appointed him to the Maine State Board of Education as its first student member. He then worked at Saco City Hall as an intern focused on bettering public communications.
Justin has been a TV host, producer, reporter and columnist for various media outlets including WPXT, WPME, Fox 23, KATV, CTN, Biddeford Access, Caledonian-Record, Journal Tribune, Portland Daily Sun, and the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. He is best known in Saco for his role managing Thornton Academy TV and hosting his own public affairs show. He also served on the Society of Professional Journalists National Diversity Committee and as a chapter president.
In 2012, he was a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention and interned that fall for Republican Congresswoman Olympia Snowe prior to her retirement. Justin has contributed to the efforts of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Maine Democratic Party, Equality Maine and several Democratic candidates. He is a former Saco Spirit board of directors member, a founding organizer of Saco Bikes for Kids and previously worked as vice president of Social Media at Rocky Coast Marketing.
He graduated from Thornton Academy while taking a semester of college courses at the University of Southern Maine. From there, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, an associate degree in TV news, with minors in political science and multimedia communications, from Lyndon State College.