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Representative Janice E. Cooper

District #47

53 West Elm Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096



Rep. Janice Cooper is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives. She has been reappointed to the Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

Cooper and her family moved in 1997 to Yarmouth, where she founded the community arts education center, Firehouse Arts at Winslow Station, and currently serves as a board member.

A graduate of Vassar College and Yale Law School, Cooper went on to practice law in small and large firms, working in Congress in Washington, D.C., (on the House Judiciary Committee) and in the Portland office of Congressman Tom Allen. She has also worked as an editor at Legal Times, a weekly newspaper based in Washington, D.C., and as a teacher in law school, a guest lecturer in colleges and a substitute teacher in the Yarmouth school system.

Cooper’s daughter, Becky, attended Yarmouth schools and graduated from McGill University. Becky died in 2011 in an accident in Micronesia, where she had gone to teach English to local high school students. Cooper and her husband, Bill Schaffer, established a scholarship fund for students and staff at a children’s center in Kenya where Becky had volunteered.

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Rep. Cooper is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Banking; financial institutions; credit unions; consumer credit; Uniform Consumer Credit Code; Bureau of Financial Institutions; Bureau of Consumer Protection; mortgage lending; foreclosure prevention; Office of Securities; stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other securities; financial services; Bureau of Insurance; credit, automobile, life, property and casualty insurance; health insurance; health maintenance organizations; mandated health benefits; health care reform; Dirigo Health Agency; State Employee Health Commission and state employee group health plan; insurance rating, regulation and practices; insurance producers; licensing; Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company; workers' compensation insurance; self-insurance; viatical and life settlement contracts; and real estate practices.

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Contact Me

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You can also contact me at my home:

53 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Home tel: (207) 847-3193

When the Legislature is in session, you can leave a message for me by calling the State House Message Phone: (800) 423-2900 or the State House TTY Line: 207) 287-4469.