State Treasurer Teresea Hayes was elected by the Joint Convention of the 127th Maine Legislature to the office of State Treasurer for 2015-2016. She is the first Independent to hold this position. From 2006 through 2014 Terry served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives, representing the Oxford County towns of Buckfield, Hartford, Sumner, and Paris. She was elected Assistant Minority Leader by the House Democratic Caucus in the 125th Legislature and served on the Legislative Council from 2010 through 2012. In 2012-2014 she convened the non-partisan Measures of Growth caucus; in 2009 and 2014 she collaborated with Republican colleagues to bring national civility training and trust building workshops to Maine legislators. She served as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government in the 123rd, 124th, and 126th Legislatures. Prior to her legislative service, Terry served on the school board of MSAD #39, representing Buckfield, from 1991 through 2004.
Terry has been a teacher, an adult education administrator, a real estate educator, and a guardian ad litem in custody litigation. She continues to volunteer in her local communities as a moderator for town meetings and helping connect local school children with their state Government. Terry is a Maine native with a B.A. in Government from Bowdoin College (1980) and an M.B.A. from Thomas College (2014). She and her husband Steve Hayes, LCSW, live in Buckfield. They have three adult children, Charlee, Harry, and Danny, all living and working in Maine.