Sen. Millett to chair Education and Cultural Affairs Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature
AUGUSTA — Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, has been appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to chair the Joint Standing Committee for Education and Cultural Affairs for the 129th Legislative session. The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee focuses on the Department of Education; the State Board of Education; school finance, governance, and administration; teachers and administrators; special education and child development services; adult education; the University of Maine System; the Maine Community College System, as well as other cultural fairs and education issues.
“I am excited to chair the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee once again and continue my work elevating teacher salaries, strengthening early education and making higher education affordable,” said Sen. Millett.
Sen. Millett also will serve on the Legislature’s new Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce Committee, which is responsible for forward-looking economic development, research and development, and higher education affordability.
Sen. Millett is serving her fourth term in the Maine Senate, representing South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough. After receiving her master’s degree in business education from the University of Chicago, working in finance in New York, and serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, Sen. Millett moved home to Maine in 2000. Upon returning to Maine, she co-founded a citizens’ advocacy group to support advancements in local education and served on the Cape Elizabeth School Board from 2004 to 2010.
Lawmakers are assigned to committees by the presiding officers based on their interests, experience and professional background. Joint standing committees are composed of three senators and ten representatives. The Legislature is set to reconvene Jan. 2.