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Mike Carpenter


Senator Mike Carpenter graduated from a one-room primary school, one of just two students in his class.

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Carpenter bill to protect animals receives committee approval

AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton, LD 1090, "An Act To Update the Criminal Animal Welfare Laws," received approval from the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. The bill would modify, add to and revise Maine’s animal welfare laws to...

Carpenter’s bill to innovate the criminal justice system with the use of community reparations boards

AUGUSTA – On Monday, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard a bill from Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton, that would allow the use of a community reparations board as part of the sentencing process for people who have been convicted of certain crimes. LD 635,...

Senator Mike Carpenter is serving in his sixth term in the Maine Senate, representing Senate District 2, which consists of central and southern Aroostook County and part of Penobscot County.

A Vietnam veteran and practicing attorney, Senator Carpenter’s extensive background in public service includes 12 years in the Maine Legislature and four years as Maine’s Attorney General.

Senator Carpenter has returned to the State House with a focus on restoring ethics and accountability in state government, and is committed to providing a strong voice for Northern Maine’s rural economy and communities.

A U.S. Army veteran, Sen. Carpenter earned two Bronze Stars as an infantry platoon leader. Following his military service, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where he served from 1974 to 1976 before being elected to the Maine Senate, where he served for ten years, including two as the Assistant Majority Leader, until 1986.

In 1991, he was elected by the Legislature to be the 52nd Maine Attorney General, an office he held for four years during the administration of Republican Gov. Jock McKernan. During that time, working with a Democratic Legislature and Republican governor, Senator Carpenter learned that working across partisan divides was no only possible, but essential.

Senator Carpenter is the son of potato farmers and a lifelong resident of Aroostook County. He resides in Houlton with his wife, Joanne, with whom he has three children. In addition to his law practice, Senator Carpenter and his family operate Carriages of Acadia, a national park concession managed by his daughter, Emily, in Acadia National Park.


  • J.D., University of Maine School of Law, Class of 1983

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