Senate President Thibodeau to Swear In Governor for Second Term
Ceremony will Take Place During Joint Convention at Augusta Civic Center
AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage will be sworn in for a second term during a joint convention of theMaine Legislature on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The ceremony will take place at the Augusta Civic Center beginning at 11:30 am.
The Governor was reelected by Maine voters last November. He will be sworn in by Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) who was also reelected and chosen by his fellow senators to serve as Senate President for the 127th Legislature.
Following the inauguration, there will an inauguration party on the evening of January 7, also at the Augusta Civic Center. For more information on Inauguration Day events, please click here.
Maine Senate President Announces Committee Assignments for 127th Legislature
Breaking with Tradition, Nearly All Senators will Serve on at Least One Committee
AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has announced senate committee assignments for the 127th Legislature.
The Maine Legislature has 17 standing committees that meet regularly when lawmakers are in session. Some committees continue to meet after adjournment. The committees are made up of 13 members and will be co-chaired by Republicans who hold the majority in the Maine Senate.
Unlike recent Legislatures, nearly every senator, including members of the majority leadership, will serve on committees. For example, Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) will be assigned to the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) will continue to be a member of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee.
“There is a lot of important work in front of us, and we plan to have a very ambitious agenda,” Senate President Thibodeau said. “That’s why we’re looking at the committee work as an ‘all hands on deck’ situation. I believe that with these committee assignments, the people of Maine will benefit from the legislative experience of both returning Republicans and Democrats and the real world experience of our newly-elected members.”
Below are the senate committee assignments for the 127th Maine Legislature. (Note: the first name listed in each committee is the committee chair.)
Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Sen. Peter Edgecomb (R-Aroostook) Sen. Tom Saviello (R-Franklin), Sen. James Dill (D-Penobscot).
Appropriations and Financial Affairs: Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford),Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec),Sen. Linda Valentino (D-York)
Republicans Elect Michael Thibodeau Senate President
Senators Garrett Mason and Andre Cushing Chosen for Leadership Positions
AUGUSTA – Incumbent and newly elected Maine state senators today chose Michael Thibodeau of Winterport to serve as Senate President of the 127th Legislature. Senator Thibodeau was unopposed for the position and was elected unanimously by the Senate caucus.
“I cannot begin to express what this means to me,” Senator Thibodeau said. “It is a true honor to be chosen by such an outstanding group of people to lead not only them, but the entire Maine Senate.
“At the same time, I recognize it is an awesome responsibility. The people of Maine spoke very clearly in this week’s election. They are demanding action on critical issues such as job creation, energy costs, and welfare reform. We cannot let them down. Delivering real results will take the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats to put their partisan differences aside and work in a collaborative manner on behalf of the people of Maine. It is what we were elected to do and we must rise to the challenge.”
Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), the incoming Senate Majority Leader said, “I am very honored to have earned the trust of my Republican colleagues who chose me to be the majority leader. I look forward to working with my fellow senators, members of the House of Representatives, and Governor LePage to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”
Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot), the incoming Assistant Senate Majority Leader said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to go to work on the agenda items that are most important to the citizens of Maine.”
Members of the 127th Legislature will be sworn in on December 3, 2014. Pending election by the entire Senate on that day, Senator Thibodeau will be the 116th President of the Maine Senate.
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Republicans Win 20-15 Majority in Maine Senate
Senate Leaders Say Voters’ Desire for Welfare Reform, Job Growth Led to Decisive Victory
Voters Reject Barrage of Negative Ads Against Republican Candidates
AUGUSTA – Republicans have recaptured the majority in the Maine Senate, based on the latest results from polling places around the state. Republicans now hold 20 seats while Democrats have 15.
In addition to holding on to all of their incumbents, Republicans made several notable gains with Linda Baker of Topsham winning Senate District 23, Scott Cyrway of Waterville winning District 16, Amy Volk of Scarborough winning District 30, Eric Brakey of Auburn winning District 20, and David Woodsome of North Waterboro winning District 33.
Republicans now hold both Aroostook County senate seats.
While Republicans have long held more rural areas of Maine and Democrats have represented urban regions in the Senate, yesterday’s results showed a continued erosion of that trend as Republicans won victories in Scarborough, Sanford, and Waterville.
“The message from Maine voters was very clear last night,” said Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. “They want leaders in the Legislature who are ready to tackle Maine’s biggest challenges head-on without the partisan bickering. They want us to create an economic environment that is welcoming to business, reform welfare in a meaningful way that will discourage abuse of the system so those resources are available for the truly needy, and lower heating costs. Republicans in the Maine Senate will work tirelessly to achieve these goals and we look forward to working with our Democratic colleagues to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”
Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz said, “One of the most encouraging things to see with last night’s results is voters’ rejection of the negative ads that inundated them over the past few months, on television, on the radio, and in their mailboxes. Outside groups spent $1.4 million on Democratic efforts to win state senate seats-a three to one ratio over Republican spending. $875,000 of that was on negative ads, alone. Maine voters had enough, and I think that’s apparent in the election results.”