Representative Justin M. Chenette
Representing - Saco (part)
Rep. Justin Chenette is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives. He is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. In 2012, Chenette made history by becoming the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator and Maine's youngest lawmaker at age 21. He has served on the State and Local Government Committee, as Youth Caucus vice chair and continues to serve as the Young Elected Officials Network’s state director.
Chenette is the president/owner of Chenette Media, LLC, a multimedia public relations company that amplifies the client’s brand by infusing social responsibility with traditional and digital marketing communications services, strategies and publications. He is also the director of community relations for the Saco Drive-In, responsible for events, public relations and development.
Chenette was instrumental in re-establishing the Maine Young Democrats, a state affiliate of the Young Democrats of America, in 2014. He serves as its president and represents Maine on the YDA National Committee.
In 2013, Chenette founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Saco Bay Center for Civic Engagement, to empower active citizenship and social responsibility through volunteerism. He currently serves as its president and CEO. He is also a notary public, Thornton Academy class agent, Courier columnist and a member of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, Saco Area Historical Society and the Unite Against Bullying ME project.
Chenette 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, Chenette was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and interned that fall for Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has contributed efforts to Hugh O' Brian Youth Leadership, the Maine Democratic Party, Equality Maine and several Democratic candidates. He is a former Saco Spirit board member, a founding organizer of Saco Bikes for Kids and previously worked as vice president of social media at Rocky Coast Marketing and as an intern at Saco City Hall.
In 2008, Gov. John Baldacci appointed Chenette to the Maine State Board of Education as its first student member.
Chenette graduated from Thornton Academy while taking a semester of college courses at the University of Southern Maine. 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 in Vermont.
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Rep. Chenette is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Maine Criminal Code; Maine Juvenile Code; Maine Bail Code; criminal law and criminal procedure; sentencing; Criminal Law Advisory Commission; Department of Public Safety; law enforcement; Criminal Justice Academy; victims' rights; Department of Corrections; adult and juvenile corrections; intensive supervision; probation and parole; county jails; community corrections; Board of Corrections; operating under the influence; operating after suspension; habitual offenders; fire safety and arson; firearms; concealed firearms permits; private investigators; security guards; and Maine Emergency Management Agency.
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