The Maine Senate is the upper house of the Maine Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. The Senate currently consists of 35 members representing an equal number of districts across the state, though the Maine Constitution allows for "an odd number of Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35". Unlike the lower House, the Senate does not set aside nonvoting seats for Native tribes. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine Senate usually have outside employment as well.
Maine State Senate
|Maine State Legislature|
|4 terms (8 years)|
New session started
|December 2, 2020|
President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article IV, Part Second, Maine Constitution|
|Salary||Session 1: $13,526/year|
Session 2: $9,661/year + per diem
|November 3, 2020|
|November 8, 2022|
(31, 33 or 35 seats (TBD))
|State Senate Chamber|
Maine State House
|Maine State Senate|
Unlike many U.S. states, the Senate's leader is not the lieutenant governor, as Maine does not have a lieutenant governor. Instead, the Senate chooses its own president, who is also the first in the line of gubernatorial succession.
Composition of the 130th (2020-2022) Maine SenateEdit
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Begin 126th Legislature (Dec. 2012)||19||15||1||35||0|
|End 126th Legislature|
|Begin 127th Legislature (Dec. 2014)||14||21||0||35||0|
|End 127th Legislature||15||20|
|Begin 128th Legislature (Dec. 2016)||17||18||0||35||0|
|End 128th Legislature|
|Begin 129th Legislature (Dec. 2018)||21||14||0||35||0|
|End 129th Legislature|
|Begin 130th Legislature (Dec. 2020)[b]||22||13||0||35||0|
|December 2, 2020[c]||21||34||1|
|Latest voting share||61.8%||38.2%||0%|
|President of the Senate||Troy Jackson||Dem|
|Majority Leader||Eloise Vitelli||Dem|
|Assistant Majority Leader||Mattie Daughtry||Dem|
|Minority Leader||Jeffrey Timberlake||Rep|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Matthew Pouliot||Rep|
|Secretary of the Senate||Darek Grant||Non-Partisan|
|Assistant Secretary of the Senate||Marcia Homstead||Non-Partisan|
Members of the Maine SenateEdit
Districts are currently numbered starting with 1 from north to south. This is reversed after each decennial redistricting, which will next occur in 2021 and will go into effect beginning with the 2022 primary and general elections. The current district lines, which were drawn in 2013 and were first used in the 2014 primary and general elections, will only be in effect for 8 years rather than the usual 10 as Maine adjusts its legislative redistricting cycle to conform with most other states.
↑ denotes that the Senator first won in a special election
|District||Senator||Party||Mun. of residence||Cty. of residence||First elected||Term limited|
|1||Troy Jackson||Dem||Allagash||Aroostook||2016 (2008–2014)||2024|
|2||Harold "Trey" Stewart||Rep||Presque Isle||Aroostook||2020||2028|
|4||Paul Davis||Rep||Sangerville||Piscataquis||2014 (1998–2006)||2022|
|5||Jim Dill||Dem||Old Town||Penobscot||2014||2022|
|11||Glen "Chip" Curry||Dem||Belfast||Waldo||2020||2028|
|19||Richard Bennett||Rep||Oxford||Oxford||2020 (1996-2004)||2028|
|23||Eloise Vitelli||Dem||Arrowsic||Sagadahoc||2016 (2013↑–2014)||2024|
|26||Bill Diamond||Dem||Windham||Cumberland||2014 (1982–1986; 2004–2012)||2022|
|29||Anne Carney||Dem||Cape Elizabeth||Cumberland||2020||2028|
|35||Mark Lawrence||Dem||Eliot||York||2018 (1992–2000)||2026|
Past composition of the SenateEdit
- The seat of Shenna Bellows, who declined to take the oath of office on December 2, 2020.
- Includes a Sen.-elect who declined to take the oath of office.
- Sen.-elect Shenna Bellows (D-14) declines to take the oath of office after being nominated by Democrats in the Legislature to be Secretary of State of Maine, to which post she was subsequently elected unanimously by joint ballot of the Legislature.
- Due to a protracted recount, Sen. Breen didn't assume office until January 8, 2015.