Craig Hickman sworn in to Maine Senate after historic election win

Posted: March 10, 2021 | Senator Hickman

AUGUSTA — On Wednesday morning, Sen. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, was sworn into the Maine Senate after a special election on Tuesday, March 9. Sen. Hickman is the first black lawmaker in Maine to serve in both chambers of the Legislature.

Sen. Hickman is sworn in by Gov. Janet Mills in the Blaine House

“Serving in the State House is the honor of a lifetime, and I am humbled to have the trust of my neighbors to represent them in Augusta. I know the most important part of this job is listening, because it’s in listening that we find common ground and create good compromise,” said Sen. Hickman. “Growing up Black and gay and blue collar in America, nobody ever said it was going to be easy. But my experiences have taught me the importance of protecting our communities and standing up for those in need. I’m eager to get to work in the Legislature, and do all I can to help Maine people lift up themselves and each other as we all pull together to get our state back on firm footing.”

Sen. Hickman is a Harvard graduate and a local business owner, running a successful organic farm and bed and breakfast with his husband. He served in the Maine House of Representatives for eight years, sponsoring and fighting for measures that promote food sovereignty, protect individual rights and civil liberties, combat poverty and hunger, and support rural economic development. He previously served as House Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservervation and Forestry and as a member of the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

“Congratulations to Sen. Hickman for earning the faith and trust of the people in Senate District 14. At a time when we are looking to rebuild our communities and economy, Sen. Hickman brings a much-needed perspective to the Maine Senate as a farmer, as gay person and as Black man living, working and thriving in rural Maine,” said Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash. “Having worked with him through his tenure in the House of Representatives, I know he will be an asset in the Maine Senate as we look to solve some of our state’s most daunting challenges.”

Sen. Hickman’s father was a WWII veteran and Tuskegee Airman. Both of his parents were involved heavily in the civil rights movement, teaching him by example about the importance of public service and community. 

Former Sen. Shenna Bellows stepped down from her seat in the Senate after being elected Secretary of State in December 2020. This triggered a special election to fill the seat.

Sen. Hickman represents Senate District 14, which comprises Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, West Gardiner and Winthrop.