The Maine House of Representatives

Extract from Swearing-in Ceremonies Programme*
of the 123rd Maine House of Representatives
December 1, 2006

Note: The following information was correct as of opening day, December 1, 2006; there have been a number of changes since that time.

Of the 151 members of the House of the 123rd Maine Legislature, 89 are Democrats, 60 are Republicans, and two are Unenrolled.

There are 45 women in the House; 33 are Democrats and 12 are Republicans.

Representative Walter A. Wheeler, Sr., of Kittery, 81, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Bryan T. Kaenrath of South Portland, 23, is the youngest.

Representative Herbert E. Clark of Millinocket 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 10th 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.

Five 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 Anne M. Rand of Portland served in the Senate from Cumberland County in the 117th through 120th Legislatures. Representative Sean Faircloth of Bangor served in the Senate from Penobscot County in the 117th Legislature. Representative Peggy A. Pendleton of Scarborough served in the Senate from Cumberland County in the 118th through 121st Legislatures. Representative Sharon Anglin Treat of Farmingdale served in the Senate from Kennebec County in the 118th through 121st Legislatures.

Of the 53 new members of the House, seven have prior service in the House. Representative Charles R. Priest of Brunswick was a member of the House in the 112th through 114th Legislatures. Representative Rand was a member of the House in the 113th through 116th Legislatures. Representative Anne M. Haskell of Portland was a member of the House in the 114th through 116th Legislatures. Representative Pendleton was a member of the House in the 114th through 116th Legislatures. Representative Treat was a member of the House in the 115th through 117th Legislatures. Representative Wendy Pieh of Bremen was a member of the House in the 118th and 119th Legislatures. Representative John F. McDonough of Scarborough was a member of the House in the 119th and 120th Legislatures.

One hundred five members have had previous experience in the House. Representative Clark begins his 10th term. Representative Tuttle begins his 9th term. Representatives Herbert Adams of Portland and Henry L. Joy of Crystal begin their 7th term. Representative Charles D. Fisher of Brewer begins his 6th term. Representatives Millett and Rand begin their 5th term. Twenty-two members begin their 4th term today; 16 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 2008. Thirty-five members begin their 3rd term, 41 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 46 members beginning their first term in the House, 28 Democrats and 18 Republicans. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 438 years. The average age of the members of the House is 54.4 (54.6 for men and 54.1 for women).

By way of occupation, the 123rd House of Representatives is composed of 24 educators (12 active and 12 retired) while another six are in education administration (four active and two retired). There are 11 attorneys in the House, three farmers, and eight people who work in the health care profession. Five legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry while another two are involved in forestry. Nineteen members are businesspeople and five members are self-employed. Overall there are 33 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state, and federal government.

Four 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; Representative Priest served as Assistant Director of Legislative Research; and Representative Marilyn E. Canavan of Waterville served as Journal Indexer for the Senate and Library Associate in the Law Library, as well as Director of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

Of the 151 members of the House, 83 were born in Maine, 27 of them in the communities they currently represent. Seventeen members were born in Massachusetts, 11 members were born in New York, two members were born in Canada, one was born in Ireland, and the rest were born in 17 other states and the District of Columbia. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.


*There were two Representatives who were provisionally seated on December 6, 2006: Representative Patricia B. Sutherland (D-Chapman) in District 7 and Representative Michael A. Shaw (D-Standish) in District 102. Following a review of the ballots by the House Committee on Elections, Representative Sutherland was permanently seated and Representative Shaw was replaced by Representative Gary W. Moore (R-Standish) on January 3, 2007.

Representative Abigail Holman (R-Fayette) passed away April 7, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 83. That vacancy was filled with the election of Deane E. Jones (D-Mount Vernon) on June 12, 2007. Representative Jones was seated June 13, 2007.

Representative Randy E. Hotham (R-Dixfield) resigned August 1, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 93. That vacancy was filled with the election of Sheryl J. Briggs (D-Mexico) on November 6, 2007. Representative Briggs was seated January 2, 2008.

Representative Earl E. Richardson (R-Greenville) passed away August 8, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 27. That vacancy was filled with the election of Peter B. Johnson (R-Greenville) on November 6, 2007. Representative Johnson was seated January 2, 2008.

Representative William R. Walcott (D-Lewiston) resigned August 24, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 72. That vacancy was filled with the election of Michael E. Carey (D-Lewiston) on November 6, 2007. Representative Carey was seated January 2, 2008.

Representative Deane E. Jones (D-Mount Vernon) passed away September 3, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 83. That vacancy was filled with the election of Patricia R. Jones (D-Mount Vernon) on November 6, 2007. Representative Jones was seated January 2, 2008.

Representative Philip A. Cressey, Jr. (R-Cornish) resigned September 11, 2007, creating a vacancy in House District 99. That vacancy was filled with the election of Ralph W. Sarty, Jr. (R-Denmark) on November 6, 2007. Representative Sarty was seated January 2, 2008.

As of January 2, 2008, of the 151 members of the House of the 123rd Maine Legislature, 90 are Democrats, 59 are Republicans, and two are Unenrolled.