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Allen, Elisha Hunt

(1804-1883), son of Samuel Clesson Allen, was a U.S. Representative who was born in New Salem, Massachusetts on January 28, 1804. He attended New Salem Academy, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1823. Allen studied law, was … Continue reading

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Indian Lands Claim

were pursued in 1977, when the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Indians sued the State of Maine claiming that all treaties granting land to Maine were null and void because they were never ratified by Congress. According to William Cronin, The Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Legislative Branch

Appropriations Committee Hearing Room (2002)

The legislature was established: in 1820 “To make and establish all reasonable laws and regulations for the defense and benefit of the people of this State, not repugnant to the Constitution, nor to that of the United States.” Maine Constitution, … Continue reading

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Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the administrative body for the Legislative Branch. It comprises the ten members of legislative leadership: the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Majority and Minority Floor Leaders and the Majority and Minority … Continue reading

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Legislature, House of Representatives

Maine State House Districts 1994-2002

The Maine House of Representatives, on of the two houses of the Maine Legislature, contains 151 voting members elected from as many House Districts. House members are assigned to Joint Standing Committees, as are members of the Senate, to hear … Continue reading

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Legislature, Party Balance

Legislative Seats by Party (January 2017)

The overall political party balance in the Legislature is important since a joint convention of both bodies elects the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Auditor. The Republican party controlled that joint convention from 1917 through 1974 … Continue reading

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Legislature, Senate Party Balance

2004 Senate Election

Political party electoral strength has followed certain geographic patterns in recent years.  In the maps below Maine Senate district election results are illustrated: blue for Democrats, red for Republicans, and yellow for non-party (“independent”) candidates.  During this period the only … Continue reading

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Legislature, Senate Presidents

Senate Presidents Terms Since 1820

One-hundred thirteen people have served as Presidents of the Maine Senate since 1820.  Until 1880, terms were typically for one year only.  In 1880 the Maine Constitution was amended to provide for two-year terms for legislators instead of the one-year … Continue reading

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Legislature, Speakers of the House

Length of Speakers Terms

There have been 101 Speaker-terms in the House of Representatives since 1820.  Six Speakers served two separate terms each, making 95 individuals who have held that office through 2013. During that time 93 terms were of one year of less; … Continue reading

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Legislature, Women Members

Women Legislators 1923-1917

Year House Senate Total 1923 1 0 1 1925 1 0 1 1927 4 2 6 1929 4 3 7 1931 4 1 5 1933 3 1 4 1935 6 1 7 1937 6 2 8 1939 4 1 5 … Continue reading

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Martin, John L.

(1941 –    ) was born in Eagle Lake June 5, 1941 and attended local schools. He received his B.A. in History and Government from the University of Maine at Orono in 1963, and did advanced graduate study in Political Science … Continue reading

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Pert, Edwin H.

Ed Pert in Clerk

Edwin H. Pert (1933-2016), a long-time fixture in Maine politics,  graduated from Morse High School in Bath and the University of Maine in Orono. Pert served a tour in Korea as a public information officer for the U.S. Army. He … Continue reading

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