The Maine House of Representatives

Extract from Swearing-in Ceremonies Programme
of the 127th Maine House of Representatives
December 3, 2014

Note: The following information was correct for the members-elect when the 127th Legislature convened on December 3, 2014.

Of the 151 members of the House of the 127th Maine Legislature, 79 are Democrats, 68 are Republicans, two are Independents and two are Unenrolled.

There are 46 women in the House; 30 are Democrats and 16 are Republicans.

Representative Campbell of Newfield, 81, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Edgecomb of Fort Fairfield, 21, is the youngest.

Representative Martin of Eagle Lake is the member with the longest service in the House, having been first elected to the 102nd Legislature in 1964 and re-elected in 1998 and in 2008, for a total of 38 years of prior service. Representative Martin is also the Representative who served in the earliest Legislature, and served as Speaker of the House from 1975 to 1994.

Six members have prior service in the State Senate. Representative Martin of Sinclair served in the Senate from Aroostook County in the 108th and 109th Legislatures. Representative Hobbins of Saco served in the Senate from York County in the 114th and the 122nd through the 125th Legislatures. Representative Martin of Eagle Lake served in the Senate from Aroostook County in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures. Representative Rotundo of Lewiston served in the Senate from Androscoggin County in the 120th through the 123rd Legislatures. Representative Stanley of Medway served in the Senate from Penobscot County in the 121st Legislature. Representative Sherman of Hodgdon served in the Senate from Aroostook County in the 123rd through the 126th Legislatures.

Of the 66 new members of the House, 13 have prior service in the House. Representative Martin of Eagle Lake was a member of the House in the 102nd through the 117th, 119th, 124th and 125th Legislatures. Representative Martin of Sinclair was a member of the House in the 107th Legislature. Representative Seavey of Kennebunkport was a member of the House in the 111th through the 114th and 122nd Legislatures. Representative Sherman of Hodgdon was a member of the House in the 119th through the 122nd Legislatures. Representative Austin of Gray was a member of the House in the 121st through the 124th Legislatures. Representative Sukeforth of Appleton was a member of the House in the 121st Legislature. Representatives Bryant of Windham, Duchesne of Hudson and Hogan of Old Orchard Beach were members of the House in the 122nd through the 125th Legislatures. Representative Babbidge of Kennebunk was a member of the House in the 122nd and 123rd Legislatures. Representative Bickford of Auburn was a member of the House in the 124th and 125th Legislatures. Representatives O'Connor of Berwick and Picchiotti of Fairfield were members of the House in the 125th Legislature.

Ninety-eight members have had previous experience in the House. Representative Martin of Eagle Lake begins his 20th term. Representatives Hobbins of Saco and Nutting of Oakland begin their 8th term; Representative Nutting also served as Speaker of the House in the 125th Legislature. Representative Winsor of Norway begins his 7th term. Representatives Campbell of Newfield, Campbell of Orrington and Seavey of Kennebunkport begin their 6th term. Six members begin their 5th term today. Seventeen members begin their 4th term; 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 2016, as will Representative Nutting, who is also beginning his 4th consecutive term. Thirty members begin their 3rd term, 38 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 53 members beginning their first term in the House, 18 Democrats and 35 Republicans. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 453 years. The average age of the members of the House is 54.2 (54.3 for men and 53.9 for women).

By way of occupation, the 127th House of Representatives is composed of 13 educators (eight active and five retired) while another six are in education administration (two active and four retired). There are six attorneys in the House, three farmers, ten people who work in health care and two photographers. Two legislators are involved in the pulp and paper industry, two are involved with logging and forestry and three are carpenters. Nineteen members are businesspeople, three are consultants and seven are self-employed. Overall there are 26 retirees in the House, many of those members having come from the ranks of business and local, state and federal government.

Five legislators formerly served as legislative staff: Representatives Chipman of Portland, DeChant of Bath, Dillingham of Oxford, Golden of Lewiston and Monaghan of Cape Elizabeth.

Of the 151 members of the House, 78 were born in Maine, 19 of them in the communities they currently represent. Eighteen members were born in Massachusetts, 12 were born in New York, one was born in Canada, one was born in Ireland and the rest were born in 18 other states. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.