Senator Chipman sworn into Maine Senate
AUGUSTA — On Wednesday, Senator Ben Chipman, D-Portland, was sworn into the Maine Senate. Sen. Chipman was elected to his third term in the Senate in November.
Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Acting Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Senator Chipman and 31 of his Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. He represents the good people of Senate District 27, which consists of part of the city of Portland, including Peaks, Cliff and Great Diamond islands.
“I’m honored that the people of Portland have once again placed their trust in me to represent them in Augusta,” said Senator Chipman. “There’s much work ahead of us to support workers, businesses and families as we grapple with the COVID-19 crisis. I know my colleagues and I are eager to roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done for the people of Maine.”
Senator Chipman is a lifelong Mainer and a small-business owner. A passion for environmental activism, public transportation, affordable housing and economic opportunity motivated Senator Chipman to become active in politics during his college years. He began his career in the State House as an aide in the Office of the Clerk of the House in 2002. Later, in 2010, he was elected to his first term in the House of Representatives, where he served the people of Portland for six years.
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 have recently served in the House of Representatives and the other five have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-four members are incumbents.
The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year. Learn more about Sen. Chipman at www.mainesenate.org.