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Representative Richard R. Farnsworth

District #37

55 Old Mast Road, Portland, ME 04102



Rep. Farnsworth retired as Executive Director of Woodfords Family Services in Portland after 18 years in that position.  Prior to that 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 5 years and nearly completed his doctorate in organization development while at Temple. 

He and his family have lived in Portland for 20 years and have the good fortune to have all of their 3 children and 4 grandchildren living in the Portland area with the grandchildren all in the Portland Public Schools. His Wife, Ellen, is a Nurse Practitioner and has recently retired from working in occupational health at Work Med, a program of St. Mary’s Hospital in Auburn.

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Committee Assignment for the 127th Legislature to be announced

Rep. Farnsworth previously served as the House Democratic Chair on the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Department of Health and Human Services; Parts of the Dirigo Health Act, including the State Health Plan, the Maine Quality Forum and Advisory Council on Health Systems Development; Maine Health Data Organization; health and medical data; MaineCare, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D; children’s welfare and mental health services; childcare; public health and disease control; tobacco addiction prevention and control; sale of tobacco; prescription drugs; health care facilities and health care workforce; social and rehabilitation services; state health system planning; substance abuse; mental health; developmental and other disabilities; poverty, homelessness and public assistance; home and community-based long-term care; aging, elderly and disability issues; medical use of marijuana; maternal and infant health; and nursing facilities and residential care.

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Contact Me

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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.