Emily Cain is serving her first term in the Senate as the Senator for District 30 (Penobscot County) after serving four terms in the Maine House. Cain works as Coordinator of Advancement for the Honors College at the University of Maine and is working part-time towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in public policy from UMaine. Cain earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Education from the UMaine and her master’s degree in Higher Education from Harvard University. She was first elected to the House in 2004 at the age of 24.
While a member of the House, Cain focused on issues of economic development, access to affordable, high quality higher education, and breaking the cycle of domestic violence in Maine. Cain served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Committee, which she chaired in the 124th Legislature. In the prior session, Cain served as the Democratic Minority Leader, the youngest woman to hold that position in Maine history. She lives in Orono with her husband, the Hon. Daniel B. Williams, and their dog, Bartlet the pug.