Sen. Heather Sanborn is sworn into the Maine Senate

Posted: December 06, 2018 | Senator Heather Sanborn

AUGUSTA—Earlier today, Democratic Senator Heather Sanborn of Portland was sworn into the Maine Senate. Sen. Sanborn was elected to her first term in the Senate in November.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley administered the oath of office to Sen. Sanborn and 32 of her Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. Sen. Sanborn represents part of Portland and part of Westbrook.

“As health care costs continue to spin out of control, Maine people are looking to leaders at the state-level in search of much-needed relief. This session, we must work together to identify innovative solutions to lower the cost of prescription drugs and insurance premiums,” said Sen. Sanborn. “While I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve in the Maine Senate, I’m eager to get to work.”

A former public school teacher and attorney, Sen. Sanborn now owns and runs Rising Tide Brewing Company with her husband in Portland. Under her leadership, Rising Tide has created two dozen jobs and helped spur the revitalization of the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland.

Sen. Sanborn has also served for many years on the Portland Development Corporation board, a quasi-municipal organization that administers the city’s economic development revolving loan funds and job creation grant programs. She previously served in the Maine House of Representatives, where she was Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Health Care Task Force.

Sen. Sanborn resides in Portland with her husband Nathan and teenage son.

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 and two have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-two members are incumbents.

The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year. Learn more about Sen. Sanborn at