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Representative Richard R. Farnsworth

District #37

Representing: - Portland (part)



Rep. Richard Farnsworth is serving in his third non-consecutive term in the House of Representatives. He has been appointed to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Farnsworth retired as executive director of Woodfords Family Services in Portland after 18 years in that position. Prior to that post, he held positions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio and Aroostook County, working in the field of services to people with developmental disabilities. He had the privilege of teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia for five years and nearly completed his doctorate in organization development during that time.

Farnsworth and his family have lived in Portland for over 20 years. He and his wife, Ellen, a nurse practitioner who recently retired from a career in occupational health, have the good fortune to have all of their children and grandchildren living in the Portland.

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Rep. Farnsworth is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Department of Education; State Board of Education; school finance, governance and administration; school budgets; school facilities; curriculum, instruction and assessment; teachers and administrators; special education and child development services; education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students; career and technical education; alternative education, school choice and home schooling; truancy and dropouts; educational services at juvenile correctional facilities; adult education; Maine Education Policy Research Institute; University of Maine System; Maine Community College System; Maine Maritime Academy; postsecondary education finance and governance; student assistance programs at Finance Authority of Maine; and cultural affairs, including Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.

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You can also contact me at my home:

55 Old Mast Road
Portland, ME 04102
Home tel: (207) 233-3814

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.