Sens. Chenette, Deschambault takes oath of office for 128th Maine Legislature

Posted: December 07, 2016 | Senator Chenette, Senator Deschambault

AUGUSTA — Sens. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, and Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford, were inaugurated to the Maine Senate during a swearing-in ceremony held Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

“Preparing for the new Legislature this week has been a great opportunity to meet my new colleagues, fellow legislators from all over the state who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work,” said Sen. Deschambault. “We’ve got a lot to do to make Maine an even better place for our children, our schools, our seniors and our small businesses.”

Sen. Deschambault is beginning her second term in the Maine Senate, having been first elected in a special election in March 2016. A retired employee with the Maine Department of Corrections, Sen. Deschambault has previously served on the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Sen. Chenette is beginning his first term in the Maine Senate, having previously served two terms in the House of Representatives, from 2012 through 2016. He has previously served on the Legislature’s Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and Committee on State and Local Government. He also co-chaired the Legislature’s bipartisan youth caucus.

“Once again, we find ourselves in divided government,” said Sen. Chenette. “It would be easy to believe that means we cannot achieve anything. But we learned over that last two years that divided government is an opportunity to reach across the aisle and come together for the greater good. We can do it again, and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

The 128th Legislature will convene for its first day of regular business on Wednesday, January 4. Members of the Legislature have until Friday, December 30, to submit bills for consideration in 2017. Constituents interested in speaking to Sens. Chenette or Deschambault about bill ideas are encouraged to call their State House office at 287-1515.

The senators would also like their constituents to know that they always available to assist with any state government-related issues, questions or concerns. Constituent services can include help navigating government agencies or finding the correct information or services. The senators’ office can also set up State House tours and connect local students with the Honorary Page program. For more information, visit

Sen. Chenette represents Senate District 31, which includes the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington and a part of Buxton.

Sen. Deschambault represents Senate District 32, which includes Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman.