Sen. Anne Carney sworn into Maine Senate
AUGUSTA — Earlier today, Sen. Anne Carney, D-Cape Elizabeth, was sworn into the Maine Senate. Sen. Carney was elected to her first term in the Senate in November. Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Acting Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Sen. Carney and 31 of her Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. She represents the good people of Senate District 29, which includes South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and part of Scarborough.
“Today has been full of reminders that Maine is a wonderful state. Legislative staff transformed the Augusta Civic Center so that we could safely meet to be sworn in and conduct legislative business. The significant challenges posed by the pandemic and economic crisis, of course, were top of mind for all, though just as prominent were expressions of the need to work together for the benefit of Maine people,” said Sen. Carney. “During this critical session, I am ready to work hard to accomplish what Mainers need right now and fight for you every day.”
Sen. Carney lives in Cape Elizabeth, where she and her husband, David Wennberg, raised their three children. Sen. Carney graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, cum laude, received a B.A. from Haverford College, and has a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard University.
She practiced employment, civil rights and municipal law at Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC, for 17 years, representing businesses, individuals, cities and towns throughout Maine in state and federal court litigation. She then served as In-House Volunteer Attorney with Pine Tree Legal Assistance for 8 years, providing free legal representation to low-income Mainers, fighting for people who have no access to our legal system, including women sexually assaulted at work, migrant farmworkers subjected to terrible conditions, and people who lost work because of their religion or because they were pregnant. She received the Pine Tree Legal Assistance Award for Pro Bono Services in 2016.
Her service as a volunteer lawyer for Mainers unable to afford legal representation and her commitment to conservation and environmental protection influence her legislative work. In 2018 she was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, and served on the Labor and Housing Committee.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony was held at the Augusta Civic Center to allow for greater physical distancing. A live stream of the event was made available to the general public, and can be viewed online at http://legislature.maine.gov/senate/.
Of the 34 members of the Maine Senate, there are 21 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Thirteen are women and 21 are men. There are 10 new members: five recently served in the House of Representatives and the other five have no legislative experience. Twenty-four members are incumbents. The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year. Learn more about Sen. Carney at www.mainesenate.org.