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Representative Craig V. Hickman
 
     
  Representing - Monmouth (part), Readfield and Winthrop
District #81
 
     

Rep. Craig Hickman, an organic farmer, small business owner, chef, poet and author, is serving his fourth term in the 129th Legislature. He is House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, where he champions food sovereignty, food security, food freedom, food processing infrastructure investments, and other efforts to protect Maine's small family farms and promote rural economic development.

Hickman is also House Chair of the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission, which plays a vital role in advising Congress and the President of the United States to keep the people of Maine's best interests at the forefront when negotiating international trade agreements that directly impact Maine's workers, Maine's heritage industries, Maine's manufacturing sector, and Maine's environment and natural resources.

Finally, Hickman is a senior member of the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, which oversees voting rights, elections, campaign finance, liquor and cannabis regulations, landlord tenant relations, claims against the state, National Guard and veterans issues.

Inspired by his father, a World War II veteran, and his wise mother, Hickman has spent most of his life serving his community and feeding people. A past president and member of the Rotary Club of Winthrop and the Sons of the American Legion, he also serves on the MaineGeneral Prevention and Healthy Living Advisory Committee, University of Maine Augusta Board of Visitors, Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen, and Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Hickman received a Spirit of America Foundation Award for Community Service.

Hickman's award-winning memoir Fumbling Toward Divinity chronicles his search and reunion with his biological family. A critically acclaimed theatrical performance artist, he's a National Poetry Slam champion and the recipient of the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement.

Hickman is the first openly gay African American in history to serve in the Maine House of Representatives. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hickman moved to New England to attend Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in government. He and his spouse, Jop Blom, live in Winthrop, where they own and operate Annabessacook Farm, a sustainable farm raising organic produce, dairy and livestock. They also host the Winthrop Community Gardens and a fresh food bank for anyone in need.


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Committee

Rep. Hickman serves as House chair on the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources; agricultural fairs, products and marketing; animal control and welfare; food safety, inspection and labeling; dairy industry; pesticides regulation; nutrient management; farmland preservation; Department of Conservation; state parks, historic sites, public lands, submerged lands and coastal islands registry; Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC); geological surveying and mapping; forest management, marketing, utilization, health and fire control; the Land for Maine's Future Program; and Baxter State Park.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Claims against the State; liquor laws; lottery; non-profit and for- profit gambling games of chance, beano, raffles, slot machines, gaming devices); harness racing; off-track betting; election laws; campaign practices; campaign financing and the Maine Clean Election Act; voter registration; initiatives and referenda; governmental ethics; lobbyist registration; landlord-tenant laws; veterans' programs; Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Services (except the Maine Emergency Management Agency); Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations; and Maine National Guard.

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Legislation

Click on the button below to see all bills, joint resolutions and orders I sponsored or cosponsored this session, as well as legislative sentiments that honor and recognize people from our district and throughout the state.


 
 
 
 

 

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Contact Me

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You can also contact me at my home:

192 Annabessacook Road
Winthrop, ME 04364
Home tel: (207) 377-3276
Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov

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.