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Representative Rachel Talbot Ross
  Representing: Portland (part)
District #40

Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross is serving her third term in the Maine House, representing the Portland neighborhoods of Parkside, Bayside, East Bayside, Oakdale and the University of Southern Maine campus.

Talbot Ross serves the Maine House Democratic caucus as assistant House majority leader. She is the first and only Black woman elected to the Maine Legislature and to legislative leadership.

As a lawmaker, Talbot Ross has worked extensively on justice reform and has shaped critical conversations about equity for all Mainers. She sponsored successful legislation to create Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations, which she now chairs. In that role, she has led efforts to fundamentally shift the way lawmakers evaluate public policy by incorporating analysis on the impact of generational racial disparities and to address systemic racism. Talbot Ross also secured passage of a landmark bill expanding tribal legal authority over domestic violence against Native Americans.

A ninth-generation Mainer and longtime public servant, Talbot Ross has dedicated her career to social justice. Prior to her time in the Legislature, she led the NAACP in Maine and founded several nonprofit organizations, including Maine Black Community Development, Inc., Maine Freedom Trails, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows. She chaired the Maine State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for several years as well as the African American Collection of Maine housed at the University of Southern Maine.

Talbot Ross is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of New England’s Deborah Morton Award for exceptional civic leadership. She received the 2020 Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Holocaust and Human Rights Education and Leadership and was named the 2020 Woman of the Year by Emerge Maine.

Talbot Ross previously served on the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services, and Judiciary Committees.

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Rep. Talbot Ross is a member of Legislative Council and serves as House chair of the Standing Committee of the House Elections.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Council is responsible for providing professional, nonpartisan staff support services to the Legislature and its officers, members, committees and commissions. These services include legislative research, bill drafting; policy, legal and fiscal analysis; fiscal note preparation; committee staffing; computer support services; public information; library and reference services and support; and general administrative services.

Other responsibilities delegated by the Legislature to the Council include preparing legislative budget requests and overseeing the legislative budget; establishing salary and benefit schedules for all legislative employees, except as otherwise provided by law; approval of employment practices; planning and oversight of projects designed to improve the organization, operation and physical facilities of the Legislature; and assignment of work to legislative committees when the Legislature is not in session. The Council also has responsibility for screening and approving requests to introduce legislation after cloture (after deadline bills) in any legislative session and exercises this same role for all bill requests prior to their introduction in the second regular session and all special sessions.

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You can also contact me at my home:

39 Washburn Avenue
Portland, ME 04101

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 TDD Line: Relay 711.