Representative Diane Marie Russell
Born and raised in Western Maine, Rep. Diane Russell is serving her fourth term in the legislature representing the Munjoy Hill and Downtown Portland areas of Portland. She is returning to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee for a third term. A long-time advocate for energy efficiency, she also serves on the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee.
An outspoken advocate for working families and economic security, Rep. Russell was named “Most Valuable State Representative” in the country by The Nation magazine in its 2011 Progressive Honor Roll.
In 2011, she led the fight to protect Election Day Registration and has become a national leader on the issue. Her opinions have been published in all three major daily papers in Maine, as well as Roll Call and The Hill. She is a also frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. Additionally, Rep. Russell frequently appears on both conservative and liberal radio shows, and has appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show. Her work to end prohibition has been noted on NBC Nightly News and, most recently, featured in Rolling Stone.
Her primary issue areas include: expanding access to the ballot and protecting voter rights; getting money out of politics; ending prohibition; protecting workers rights; setting up a state public bank and addressing the heating crisis in Maine.
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Rep. Russell previously served on the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs and on the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee.
Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Claims against the State; liquor laws; lottery; non-profit and for- profit gambling games of chance, beano, raffles, slot machines, gaming devices); harness racing; off-track betting; election laws; campaign practices; campaign financing and the Maine Clean Election Act; voter registration; initiatives and referenda; governmental ethics; lobbyist registration; landlord-tenant laws; veterans' programs; Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Services (except the Maine Emergency Management Agency); Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations; and Maine National Guard.
Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Energy policy, including energy resources, efficiency and conservation; insulation; electric industry, including supply, transmission and distribution; natural gas industry; telecommunications industry, including mobile, telephone, Internet, broadband and cable television services; E-9-1-1; water and sewer utilities, including district charters; Public Utilities Commission; Office of the Public Advocate; Governor’s Office of Independence and Security; and Efficiency Maine Trust.
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