Legislators Assigned to Committees for Next Two Years
Maine Senate President and House Speaker appoint members to legislative joint standing committees
AUGUSTA – Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland and Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick today announced the official committee appointments for the 151 members of the Maine House and the 35 members of the State Senate. There are 16 joint standing committees and the Government Oversight Committee.
“Mainers can be proud of the diverse group of lawmakers representing them in Augusta,” said Senate President Alfond. “We have farmers, firefighters, doctors, and small business owners among us bringing their expertise and real-world knowledge to help solve our state’s challenges. Each of them is ready to get to work on their committee to move Maine forward.”
The Maine Senate is comprised of 19 Democrats, 15 Republicans, and one unenrolled.
“Maine people can count on a strong team of lawmakers working for them in Augusta,” said House Speaker Eves. “We worked to assign members to committees to match their expertise and geographic needs. The choices were not easy given this extraordinary group of legislators, but we are confident our team will rise to the challenges facing our state.”
The Maine House is comprised of 89 Democrats, 58 Republicans, four unenrolled members and two Tribal Representatives.
The presiding officers worked with the minority leaders to seat the members of the Republican Party and to honor their committee requests.
The membership of each committee of the 126th Legislature can be found here.
The state’s budget writing committee, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, will be chaired by veteran members, Senator Dawn Hill of York and Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston, who led the committee for Democrats for the last two years. Rotundo has served continuously on the Appropriations Committee in the Maine House and Senate for 10 years.
“We are proud to have two strong women leading such a critical committee during challenging fiscal times,” said Eves.
Alfond added, “Senator Hill and Representative Rotundo have a proven track record of working collaboratively with Republicans while standing up for Democratic values.”
Committees are set to begin work the first full week in January.