Phil Bartlett is serving his fourth term in the Maine Senate representing District 6, which includes the communities of Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook. He served as Senate Majority Leader for the 124th Maine Legislature.
Since his election to the Maine Senate in 2004, he has chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy and the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Energy Future. He has also served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee, the Labor Committee, and the Government Oversight Committee.
Phil grew up in Gorham and attended Gorham public schools. He was actively involved in scouting throughout his youth, steadily working his way from Cub Scout through the ranks to Eagle Scout. Scouting provided opportunities to visit the State House and meet the governor, to go camping on a regular basis, and most importantly, to learn the value of community service and civic leadership.
After graduating from Gorham High School in 1994, Phil went on to Tufts University. At Tufts, he majored in economics and political science. Following Tufts, Phil spent the next three years at Harvard Law School. His love of economics and public policy led him to join the Harvard Journal on Legislation, for which he eventually served as president, and to teach introductory economics to Harvard undergraduates. He also obtained a fellowship to write a law and economics paper on incentives created by certain employment law statutes.
In 2001 Phil was admitted to practice law in Maine and Massachusetts. He moved back to Gorham and spent the next year clerking for Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He also began writing for his local newspaper, the Gorham Times. He has served as president of the Gorham Historical Society as well as president of the Baxter Memorial Library Association. He currently serves on the board of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, and he has been appointed to the board of the Gorham Economic Development Corporation, the Gorham Recreation Advisory Board and the Cumberland County Human Services Advisory Committee. Phil is also a member of First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham.
Phil is the proud father of Abigail Ann.