|November 19, 2018
Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers
Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 29th Maine Legislature. House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) will retain her position, while Senator Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) will assume the position of Senate President as the result of the change in majority party in the Maine Senate.
In the House of Representatives, all of the other party leadership positions will be occupied by new people. Rep. Matt Moonen (D-Portland) will be House Majority Leader and Rep. Ryan Fecteau, who formerly chaired the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee, will be the Assistant Majority Leader. On the Republican side, Rep. Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford) is the incoming House Minority Leader, and Rep. Harold “Trey” Stewart III (R-Presque Isle) will be the Assistant Minority Leader.
On the Senate side, Sen. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston) will be the new Senate Majority Leader, with Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) as Assistant Majority Leader. The Republican side will feature Sen Dana Dow (R-Waldoboro) as Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Jeff Timberlake (R-Turner) as Assistant Minority Leader.
Several candidates have announced their interest in serving in the three “Constitutional Officer” positions. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap appears to be unopposed in his bid to retain his position. Attorney Henry Beck is vying with recent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes for the office of State Treasurer, the post Hayes presently holds. Among those who have expressed an interest in succeeding Governor-elect Janet Mills as Attorney General are State Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Houlton) (who previously held the post), State Senator Mark Dion (D-Portland), State Representative Aaron Frey (D-Bangor), Kennebec & Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, and Attorney Tim Shannon of Portland.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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