The Maine House of Representatives

Extract from Swearing-in Ceremonies Programme*
of the 128th Maine House of Representatives
December 7, 2016

Note: The following information was correct for the members-elect when the 128th Legislature convened on December 7, 2016; there has been at least one change since that time.

Of the 151 members of the House of the 128th Maine Legislature, 77 are Democrats, 72 are Republicans, one is a Common Sense Independent and one is an Independent.

There are 54 women in the House; 36 are Democrats and 18 are Republicans.

Representative Longstaff of Waterville, 81, has the distinction of being the senior member of the House, while Representative Stewart of Presque Isle, 22, 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, in 2008 and in 2014, for a total of 40 years of prior service in the House. Representative Martin is also the Representative who served in the earliest Legislature, and served as Speaker of the House from 1975 to 1994.

Seven 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 Lawrence of South Berwick served in the Senate from York County in the 116th through the 119th Legislatures, and was President of the Senate in the 118th and 119th Legislatures. Representative Handy of Lewiston served in the Senate from Androscoggin County in the 116th Legislature. Representative Martin of Eagle Lake served in the Senate from Aroostook 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. Representative Madigan of Waterville served in the Senate from Kennebec County in the 126th Legislature.

Of the 41 new members of the House, six have prior service in the House. Representative Handy of Lewiston was a member of the House in the 111th through the 115th Legislatures. Representative Lawrence of South Berwick was a member of the House in the 114th and 115th Legislatures. Representative Perry of Calais was a member of the House in the 121st through the 124th Legislatures. Representative Cebra of Naples was a member of the House in the 122nd through the 125th Legislatures. Representative Berry of Bowdoinham was a member of the House in the 123rd through the 126th Legislatures. Representative Harvell of Farmington was a member of the House in the 124th through the 126th Legislatures.

One hundred and sixteen members have had previous experience in the House; 10 of those members first served in the previous century. Representative Martin of Eagle Lake begins his 21st term. Representative Winsor of Norway begins his 8th term. Representatives Campbell of Orrington and Seavey of Kennebunkport begin their 7th term. Seven members begin their 6th term today. Four members begin their 5th term. Twenty-four members begin their 4th term; 20 of them are beginning their 4th consecutive term, as is Representative Winsor, and by the provisions of Maine’s term limit laws will be prohibited from running for the House in 2018. Twenty-nine members begin their 3rd term, 48 members begin their 2nd term, and there are 35 members beginning their first term in the House, 21 Democrats, 12 Republicans, one Common Sense Independent and one Independent. The combined experience of returning members of the House is 533 years. The average age of the members of the House is 55.1 (55.5 for men and 54.4 for women).

By way of occupation, the 128th House of Representatives is composed of 19 educators (12 active and seven retired) while another three are in education administration (one active and two retired). There are six attorneys in the House, six people who work in health care and two photographers. Three legislators are involved with farming or forestry, several are customer service representatives, and one is a marine biologist. Twenty-four members are businesspeople, four are consultants and nine 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.

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

Of the 151 members of the House, 77 were born in Maine, 20 of them in the communities they currently represent. Twenty 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 17 other states. All have been elected to serve two-year terms.


*Representative Kevin J. Battle of South Portland changed from R to I on January 4, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 77 Democrats, 71 Republicans, two Independents and one Common Sense Independent.

*Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville changed from D to U on May 26, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 76 Democrats, 71 Republicans, two Independents, one Common Sense Independent, and one Unenrolled member.

*Representative Denise Patricia Harlow of Portland changed from D to I on May 26, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 75 Democrats, 71 Republicans, three Independents, one Common Sense Independent, and one Unenrolled member.

*Representative Gina M. Mason (R-Lisbon) died on September 5, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 75 Democrats, 70 Republicans, three Independents, one Common Sense Independent, and one Unenrolled member, with one vacancy.

*Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville changed from U to G on September 13, 2017.This resulted in a breakdown of 75 Democrats, 70 Republicans, one Green Independent, three Independents, and one Common Sense Independent, with one vacancy.

*Representative Martin J. Grohman of Biddeford changed from D to I on September 21, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 74 Democrats, 70 Republicans, one Green Independent, four Independents, and one Common Sense Independent, with one vacancy.

*Representative Norman E. Higgins of Dover Foxcroft changed from R to I on October 18, 2017. This resulted in a breakdown of 74 Democrats, 69 Republicans, one Green Independent, five Independents, and one Common Sense Independent, with one vacancy.

*Representative Richard G. Mason (R-Lisbon) Elected in Special Session 11/7/17 This resulted in a breakdown of 74 Democrats, 70 Republicans, one Green Independent, four Independents, and one Common Sense Independent, with one vacancy.