Chenette sworn in as youngest, only LGBTQ member of Senate

Posted: December 05, 2018 | Senator Chenette

AUGUSTA—Senator Justin Chenette, D-Saco, was sworn into the Maine Senate at the State House in Augusta today as it’s youngest member at age 27. He also has the distinction of being the only openly gay member of the Senate.

Sen. Chenette was re-elected to his second term in the State Senate in November. He previously served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives.

“Public service is about a commitment to the people and trying to make a brighter future of our state and our community,” said Sen. Chenette. “This is an opportunity to make government more ethical, utility companies more accountable, and tackle some of the most important issues facing Mainers from student loan debt to affordable healthcare.”

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley administered the oath of office to Sen. Chenette and 32 of his Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. Chenette represents District 31, which includes the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington and Buxton.

Sen. Chenette encourages his constituents to know that he always available to assist with any state government-related issues, questions or concerns. Constituent services can include help navigating government agencies or finding the correct information or services. His office line is 207-287-1515. Chenette’s office can also set up State House tours and connect local students with the Honorary Page and shadowing program. To sign up for legislative updates, visit

“Constituents should feel free to contact me at anytime day or night,” said Sen. Chenette. “This is their seat. I work for the people of my district and the people of Maine.”

Of the 35 senators, there are 21 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Twelve are women and 23 are men. There are 13 new members: 11 have recently served in the House of Representatives, two have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-two are incumbents.

The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year.