Sens. Vitelli and Carson sworn into the Maine Senate, Vitelli elected Assistant Majority Leader
AUGUSTA—Senators Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, and Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, were sworn into the Maine Senate at the State House in Augusta on Wednesday. Both senators were re-elected to the State Senate in November.
Sen. Vitelli was also elected to be the Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate.
“I am honored to be sworn-in for a second term, and to be elected to leadership in the Maine Senate by my colleagues,” said Sen. Vitelli. “We have plenty of work to do to make sure Maine people have affordable health care, economic security, access to a great education and more.”
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley administered the oath of office to Sens. Vitelli and Carson and 31 of their Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. Vitelli represents District 23, which includes Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden. Carson represents District 24, which includes the towns of Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal.
Vitelli is recently retired as the Director of Program and Policy Development at New Ventures Maine, where she worked for nearly 40 years. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Arrowsic with her husband, Bob Kalish.
Carson is a Vietnam veteran, attorney and retired Executive Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, where he worked for 27 years. He lives in Harpswell with his wife, Dana Porter and has two grown daughters and one granddaughter.
“In my second term in the Senate, I will continue my work ensuring Mainers have a first-class public health infrastructure, robust early education system and strong environmental policies,” said Sen. Carson. “We have a responsibility to move our state in a positive direction.”
Of the 35 senators, there are 21 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Twelve are women and 23 are men. There are 13 new members: 11 have recently served in the House of Representatives, two have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-two are incumbents.
The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year.