Of the 151 members of the House of the 122nd Maine Legislature, 76 are Democrats, 73 are Republicans, one is a Green Independent, and one is Unenrolled.
There are 33 women in the House; 24 are Democrats and 9 are Republicans.
Representative Walter A. Wheeler, Sr. of Eliot 79, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Emily Ann Cain of Orono, 24, is the youngest.
Representative Herbert E. Clark is the member with the longest service in the House, having been first elected in 1980 and re-elected in 2004. Today he begins his 9th term. Representative H. Sawin Millett, Jr., of Waterford is the Representative who served in the earliest Legislature, having been elected to the 104th Legislature in 1968.
Four members have prior service in the State Senate. Representative John L. Tuttle, Jr., of Sanford served in the Senate from York County in the 112th and 113th Legislatures. Representative Joseph C. Brannigan of Portland served in the Senate from Cumberland County in the 113th through the 116th Legislatures. Representative Sean F. Faircloth of Bangor served in the Senate from Penobscot County in the 117th Legislature. Representative Michael J. McAlevey of Waterboro served in the Senate from York County in the 120th Legislature.
Of the 58 new members of the House, seven have prior service in the House. Representative Tuttle was a member of the House in the 109th through the 111th and the 117th through the 120th Legislatures. Representative Clark was a member of the House in the 110th through the 117th Legislatures. Representative H. Stedman Seavey, Jr., of Kennebunkport was a member of the House in the 111th through the 114th Legislatures. Representative David N. Ott of York was a member of the House in the 115th through the 118th Legislatures. Representative McAlevey was a member of the House in the 117th through the 119th Legislatures. Representative Vaughan A. Stedman of Hartland was a member of the House in the 117th through the 120th Legislatures. Representative Charles D. Fisher of Brewer was a member of the House in the 117th through the 120th Legislatures.
One hundred members have had previous experience in the House. Representative Clark begins his 9th term. Representative Tuttle begins his 8th term. Representative Brannigan begins his 7th term. Representatives Herbert Adams of Portland and Henry L. Joy of Crystal begin their 6th term. Representatives Fisher, Ott, Seavey and Stedman begin their 5th term. Twenty-one members begin their 4th term today; 19 of them are beginning their 4th consecutive term and by the provisions of Maine’s term limit laws will be prohibited from running for the House in 2006. Twenty-two members begin their 3rd term, 48 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 51 members beginning their first term in the House, 23 Democrats and 28 Republicans. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 404 years. The average age of the members of the House is 53.97 (54.3 for men and 52.7 for women).
By way of occupation, the 122nd House is composed of 22 educators (14 active and eight retired) while another five are in education administration (three active and two retired). There are ten attorneys in the House, two farmers and 12 people who work in the health care profession. Four legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry while another five are involved in forestry. Seventeen members are businesspeople and eight members are self-employed. Overall there are 28 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state and federal government.
Three legislators formerly served as legislative staff: Representative Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick served on the Senate Chamber staff; Representative Michael E. Dunn of Bangor served on the House Chamber staff and also as a Senate Legislative Aide; and Representative Marilyn E. Canavan of Waterville served as Journal Indexer for the Senate, Library Associate in the Law Library, and Director of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.
Of the 151 members of the House, 93 were born in Maine, 30 of them in the communities they currently represent. Eleven members were born in Massachusetts, eleven members were born in New York, two members were born in Canada, one was born in France, one was born in Ireland, and the rest were born in 15 other states and the District of Columbia. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.
*There were three Representatives who were provisionally seated on December 1, 2004: Representative Jeff Kaelin (R-Winterport) in District 42, Representative Jayne Crosby Giles (R-Belfast) in District 43, and Representative Michael J. McAlevey (D-Waterboro) in District 139. Following a review of the ballots by the House Committee on Elections, Representative Kaelin was permanently seated, Representative Giles was replaced by Representative Walter E. Ash, Jr. (D-Belfast) and Representative McAlevey was replaced by Representative Lawrence E. Jacobsen (R-Waterboro). The information above is based on the members who were provisionally seated on December 1, and does not include the changes that were made on January 4, 2005.