Maine Senate - Wikipedia
Maine State Senate
|Maine State Legislature|
|4 terms (8 years)|
New session started
|December 2, 2020|
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|
(all 35 seats)
|November 8, 2022|
(all 35 seats)
|State Senate Chamber|
Maine State House
|Maine State 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". 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.
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 Senate
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Begin 126th Legislature (Dec. 2012)||19||15||1||35||0|
|End 126th Legislature|
|Begin 127th Legislature (Dec. 2014)[a]||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|
|March 10, 2021[d]||22||35||0|
|January 18, 2022[e]||21||34||1|
|July 6, 2022[f]||22||35||0|
|Latest voting share||62.9%||37.1%||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 Senate
Districts are currently numbered starting with 1 from north to south. While this is often reversed in the decennial redistricting, it was not reversed in the redistricting which occurred in 2021 and which will go into effect beginning with the 2022 primary and general elections. The outgoing 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 completes the adjustment of its legislative redistricting cycle to conform with most other states.
↑ denotes that the Senator first won in a special election
Past composition of the Senate
- Includes a provisionally sworn-in Republican Sen.-elect who was subsequently revealed to have lost her election and replaced with the actual winner, a Democrat.
- 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.
- Sen.-elect Craig Hickman (D-14) is sworn in after winning the March 9 special election triggered by the resignation of Sen.-elect Bellows.
- Sen Louis Luchini (D-7) resigns to take a regional post with the federal Small Business Administration.
- Sen.-elect Nicole Grohoski (D-7) is sworn in after winning the June 14 special election triggered by the resignation of Sen. Luchini.
- Due to a protracted recount, Sen. Breen didn't assume office until January 8, 2015.