Representative Justin Mark Chenette
19 Buckthorn Circle, Saco, ME 04072
Rep. Justin Chenette is serving in the Maine House of Representatives as it's youngest official and is the youngest openly gay legislator in the country. He serves on the State & Local Government Committee, as Vice Chair of the Youth Caucus, and is the State Director for the Young Elected Officials Network.
Justin is the owner & principal consultant of Chenette Media LLC, a public relations and communications consulting agency. He also writes a bi-weekly column for the Courier newspaper and is a member of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, Saco Area Historical Society, OOB 365, and the Saco Spirit Economic Restructuring Committee. He previously worked for Rocky Coast Marketing as their Vice President of Social Media.
In 2008, Gov. 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 communication between officials and the public.
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 elected as a National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and interned that Fall for Republican Congresswoman, Olympia Snowe prior to her retirement. Justin has contributed efforts to Hugh O' Brian Youth Leadership, Maine Democratic Party, Equality Maine, and several Democratic candidates. He is also a former board of director's member of Saco Spirit and a founding organizer of Saco Bikes for Kids.
He graduated locally at Thornton Academy and went on to Lyndon State College to earn a B.S. in Broadcasting, A.S. in TV News, and minors in Political Science & Multimedia Communications.