Representative Craig V. Hickman
District #82

192 Annabessacook Road, Winthrop, ME 04364


About Rep. Hickman

Rep. Craig Hickman, an organic farmer, small business owner, chef, poet and author, is serving his first term in the 126th Legislature. He is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, where he has championed food sovereignty, food security and other efforts to protect Maine’s small family farms and promote rural economic development.

Inspired by his father, a World War II veteran, and his wise mother, Hickman has spent most of his life serving his community and feeding people. He is currently chair of the Winthrop Area Rotary Foundation, secretary of the Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen and serves on the boards of the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association, Theater at Monmouth, Maranacook Local Foods Buying Club, Western Kennebec Economic Development Alliance and the Winthrop Conservation Commission. In 2011, Hickman received a Spirit of America Foundation Award for Community Service.

Hickman’s award-winning memoir Fumbling Toward Divinity chronicles his search and reunion with his biological family. A critically acclaimed theatrical performance artist, he’s a National Poetry Slam champion and the recipient of the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement.

Hickman is the first openly gay African American in history to serve in the Maine House of Representatives. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Hickman moved to New England to attend Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government. He and his spouse, Jop Blom, live in Winthrop, where they own and operate Annabessacook Farm, a bed and breakfast and sustainable farm raising organic produce, dairy and livestock. They also host the Winthrop Community Gardens and a fresh food bank for anyone in need.