GRATWICK SWORN IN TO MAINE STATE SENATE
New members welcomed to 126th Maine Legislature
AUGUSTA—Geoff Gratwick of Bangor was sworn in to the Maine Senate at the State House in Augusta today. Senator Gratwick was elected to his first term in the State Senate in November.
“It is an enormous honor and privilege to be able to represent Bangor and Hermon in Augusta during these crucial times,” said Senator Gratwick. “I will be working closely with delegates from Bangor and Maine’s other service center communities to find solutions to the common problems our cities face: economic development, jobs, affordable health care, better state support of education, and long range solutions to the social problems that are impacting many of our downtowns.”
Governor Paul LePage administered the oath of office to Gratwick and 34 of his Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. Gratwick represents Senate District 32, which includes the communities of Bangor and Hermon.
Gratwick is a practicing physician in Bangor. He is one of only three rheumatologist/arthritis specialists in Northern and Eastern Maine. Gratwick served three terms on the Bangor City Council. He lives in Bangor with his wife, Lucy Quimby.
“I am committed to working on the best ideas for our area, regardless of who comes up with them,” said Senator Gratwick. “It is an exciting time and I strongly believe that working together we can make significant progress.”
Of the 35 Senate members, there are 19 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and 1 unenrolled member. Seven are women—all Democrats—and 28 are men: 12 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and 1 unenrolled. There are 17 new members: 10 have recently served in the House of Representatives, 3 are former Senate members, one is a former House member and 5 have no previous legislative experience, all Democrats. 18 are incumbents.