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Penobscot County legislators appointed to key natural resources committees

Rep. Duchesne returns to Environment and Natural Resources Committee

December 30, 2014

AUGUSTA – State Reps. Bob Duchesne, D-Hudson, and Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, have been appointed to serve on key legislative committees overseeing Maine’s natural resources.

Duchesne, who has returned to the Maine House after previously serving four terms, has been appointed to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, which he chaired from 2009 to 2012. The committee oversees the Department of Environmental Protection and reviews policy relating to natural resource protection, air and water quality, waste management and the environment.

“Maine’s natural resources are a crucial part of our economy and our way of life,” said Duchesne. “I am excited to return to the committee and look forward to working to ensure our natural resources-based economy thrives for years to come.”

Duchesne will also serve on the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee, which is tasked with overseeing program evaluation and state government accountability.

Dunphy, a first-term legislator from Old Town, has been appointed to the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. The committee oversees policy related to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, as well as the Land Use Planning Commission, state parks and historic sites, farming and the Land for Maine’s Future Program.

“This is an exciting time to be working on agricultural policy in Maine,” said Dunphy. “It’s an honor that the Speaker of the House appointed me to serve on this important committee. I am excited to get to work on policies that help our farmers prosper and feed our state.”

Duchesne represents Alton, Corinth, Hudson, Milford and Argyle Township. Dunphy represents Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island.

A complete list of legislative committees and their newly appointed members can be found at Joint Standing Committees of the 127th Legislature .


Ann Kim [Duchesne, Dunphy], c. 233-1838