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Representative Thom Harnett
  Representing: Farmingdale and Gardiner
District #83

Rep. Thomas Harnett is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives.

Harnett is a graduate of Fordham University and New York University School of Law. Prior to practicing law in Maine, he worked as a legal services attorney for migrant, seasonal and year-round farm workers in New York State from 1980 to 1989.

Harnett began working in the Maine Office of the Attorney General in 1989 and retired in 2017 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division. From 2001 through 2010, he directed the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Unit.

At the local level, Harnett served one year as a Gardiner city councilor and six years as Gardiner’s mayor.

Harnett has been married to his wife, Lisa Copenhaver, since 1992. They have two grown children, Eloise and Joe.

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Rep. Harnett serves as House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

Brief description of the subject matter handled by the committee: Judicial system organization and budget; criminal procedure; civil procedure; civil actions, including torts and medical malpractice; Maine Tort Claims Act; liability; immunity; child protection; family law; domestic relations; child support; adoption; legal services; attorneys; Attorney General; District Attorneys; abortion and reproductive rights; civil rights; medical rights; human rights; Maine Human Rights Commission; protection from harassment; protection from abuse; guardianship and conservatorship; probate law; property law; property rights; unclaimed property; business and nonprofit organizations; Uniform Commercial Code; laws relating to Maine’s Indian Tribes, including the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act; Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission; freedom of access, confidentiality and privacy laws; and errors and inconsistencies.

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You can also contact me at my home:

52 Marston Road , ME 04345
Gardiner, ME 04345

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.