On December 5, 2018, Senator Troy D. Jackson was chosen by his colleagues to become the 117th President of the Maine Senate. He was re-elected to his second term that previous November and represents the good people of Northern Aroostook County in Senate District 1.
President Jackson is a fifth-generation logger from Allagash whose participation in the 1998 logging blockade along the Canadian border launched him into politics. A lifelong resident of the St. John River Valley and a logger by trade, President Jackson is a passionate advocate for workers’ rights, lower health care costs, property tax relief and economic opportunity.
In his inaugural address, President Jackson challenged his colleagues not to let what makes the Senate Chamber so strong — the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and identities — become its greatest weakness. He urged his peers to join him in showing the people of Maine what government can and should be, vowing to the leave the state stronger than he found it.
President Jackson is a member of the Democratic National Committee, and has previously served on the Maine Legislature’s committees on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development; State and Local Government; Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and Energy, Utilities and Technology.
He attended Allagash Consolidated Community High School and is a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent. President Jackson lives in Allagash with his partner, Lana Pelletier. They have two adult sons, Chace and Camden.