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Maine Senate
Type
Type Upper house
Leadership
President of the Senate Elizabeth Mitchell, (D)
since December 3, 2008
Majority Leader Philip Bartlett, (D)
since November 11, 2008
Minority Leader Kevin Raye, (R)
since November 10, 2008
Structure
Members 35
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
MaineSenate.jpg
Senate Chamber,
Maine State House, Augusta, ME, U.S.
Website
http://www.state.me.us/legis/senate

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".[1] 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.

The Senate meets at the Maine State House in Augusta. Members are limited to four consecutive terms with each term being two years but may run again after a two year wait.

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Leadership

Unlike many U.S. states, the Senate's leader is not the lieutenant governor, as Maine, unlike most states, does not have lieutenant governor. Instead, the Senate chooses its own president, who is also the first in the line of gubernatorial succession.

Composition of the Senate

124th Legislature, 2008-2010
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 18 17 35 0
Begin 20 15 35 0
Latest voting share 57.1% 42.9%
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Officers

Position Name Party
President of the Senate Elizabeth Mitchell Dem
Majority Leader Philip Bartlett Dem
Majority Whip Lisa Marrache Dem
Minority Leader Kevin Raye Rep
Minority Whip Jonathan Courtney Rep

Members of the Maine Senate

District Senator Party Residence
1 Peter Bowman Dem Kittery
2 Richard Nass Rep Acton
3 Jonathan Courtney Rep Sanford
4 Nancy Sullivan Dem Biddeford
5 Barry Hobbins Dem Saco
6 Philip Bartlett Dem Gorham
7 Lawrence Bliss Dem South Portland
8 Justin Alfond Dem Portland
9 Joseph Brannigan Dem Portland
10 Stanley Gerzofsky Dem Brunswick
11 Gerald Davis Rep Falmouth
12 G. William Diamond Dem Windham
13 David Hastings Rep Fryeburg
14 Bruce Bryant Dem Dixfield
15 Deborah Simpson Dem Auburn
16 Margaret Craven Dem Lewiston
17 John Nutting Dem Leeds
18 Walter Gooley Rep Farmington
19 Seth Goodall Dem Richmond
20 David Trahan Rep Waldoboro
21 Earle McCormick Rep West Gardiner
22 Christopher Rector Rep Thomaston
23 Carol Weston Rep Montville
24 Elizabeth Mitchell Dem Vassalboro
25 Lisa Marrache Dem Waterville
26 S. Peter Mills Rep Skowhegan
27 Douglas Smith Rep Dover-Foxcroft
28 Dennis Damon Dem Trenton
29 Kevin Raye Rep Perry
30 Elizabeth Schneider Dem Orono
31 Richard Rosen Rep Bucksport
32 Joseph Perry Dem Bangor
33 Debra Plowman Rep Hampden
34 Roger Sherman Rep Hodgdon
35 Troy Dale Jackson Dem Allagash

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