Governor LePage Announces Nomination of John Butera as Labor Commissioner

May 12, 2017

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 12, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today his appointment of John Butera as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. The nomination comes after MDOL Commissioner Jeanne Paquette announced she was taking a position at the University of Southern Maine. In 2011, John Butera joined as the Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor advising on economic development and job creation issues. In addition, he worked on economic and community development, business finance, workforce development and labor issues.

“John’s experience will serve the Department and its employees well,” said Governor LePage. “While he will be missed in our office, I am confident he will excel in his new role moving the department forward and helping Maine workers and job creators on a variety of labor issues. It is an exciting time to lead the Labor Department, as Maine now has an all-time high number of private-sector jobs and the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. But we know there is still more work to do to create even more good-paying jobs and continue to grow our economy.”

Prior to his position in the LePage Administration, Butera served as Executive Director of the Central Maine Growth Council. His nearly 30-year career in economic development includes positions with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, a site location consulting firm and public-private economic development organizations. Butera is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and MA in Regional Science. He is past president of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and a has been a member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the International Economic Development Council.

The Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee will review Butera’s appointment. It will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.