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Representative Deqa Dhalac
Rep. Dhalc
  Representing: South Portland (part)
District #120

Rep. Deqa Dhalac is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives. She is a member of the State and Local Government Committee.

In 2021, more than 30 years after first coming to the U.S. to flee the civil war in Somalia, she became the first Somali-American mayor in the country. She is also currently serving on the South Portland City Council, and she is the co-founder of Cross-Cultural Community Services and the assistant executive director at Gateway Community Services in Portland.

In addition to these roles, Rep. Dhalac also serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital, I’m Your Neighbor Books, Somali Community Center of Maine, Advisory Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Health.

Rep. Dhalac holds master's degrees in social work and development policy and practice from the University of New England and the University of New Hampshire, respectively.

Since 2008, Rep. Dhalac has lived in the West End of South Portland, where she raised her three children, all of whom attended South Portland public schools.

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Rep. Dhalac is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Department of State government, including the Legislature, state property, public purchasing and contracts, state agencies and government organization, state employment, oversight of state officials, periodic review of State Government Evaluation Act; Maine State Archives; administrative procedures, boards and commissions, state holidays and designations, and capitol area planning; county government, including regional planning, budget process and county officials; municipal and local government, including deorganization and consolidation, planning and regulation, land use; discontinued and abandoned roads and cemeteries.

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Contact Me

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You can also contact me at my home:

10 Red Oak Drive Apt 2A
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 553-0303

When the Legislature is in session, you can leave a message for me by calling the State House Message Phone: (800) 423-2900 or the State House TDD Line: Relay 711.