Representative Mary P. Nelson
| District #112
213 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
Representative Mary Pennell Nelson is serving her third term in the Maine House of Representatives. She serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Her major areas of focus are education, particularly higher education, tax reform, business development and the protection of Maine’s unique environment.
Rep. Nelson has lived in Falmouth for over 30 years. She is a past member and chair of the Falmouth Town Council, a past member of the Falmouth School Board, and is a past president of the Maine Municipal Association. She served for 14 years on the State Board of Property Tax Review. She has worked both in the business and non-profit sectors.
Rep. Nelson chairs the USM Friends of the School of Music Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Associates of the Osher Map Library, she is a Corporator of Gorham Savings Bank and a Corporator of Maine Medical Center. She is a former member of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation Board.
Rep. Nelson has been a leader in many educational and community organizations including the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art, Smith College, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Maine Historical Society. She chaired the Conservation Commission in Brookline, MA, in the 1970s prior to moving to Maine and was an elected member of the Brookline Town Meeting.
Rep. Nelson has a bachelor’s degree in History and Music from Smith College, and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the Muskie School at USM.
Rep. Nelson’s husband, Falmouth native Kenneth Nelson, is president of Nelson and Small, a 75-year old family business. The Nelsons have three sons, two grandsons and four granddaughters.
In her spare time, Rep. Nelson is a musician and sings with the Choral Art Society. She enjoys music, golf, skiing, traveling, reading, entertaining friends and, especially, family.