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Statement of Governor LePage on Budget: Pass House Republican Compromise and I will Sign

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:20:11 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 22, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today released the following statement regarding the House Republican Budget compromise:

"After weeks of gridlock, the budget compromise from House Republicans is fiscally responsible, supports important education reforms with increased funding for schools, prevents taxpayers' dollars from going to non-citizens and it takes care of elderly and truly needy Mainers now on waitlists for services. This budget also eliminates vacant positions within state government and reduces the tax burden on our job creators, small businesses and professionals who provide vital services to the Maine people."

"We cannot simply tax-and-spend our way out of a budget. Tough decisions must be made to deliver a budget that is balanced, fiscally responsible and benefits Maine's hard-working taxpayers. This is not the budget I proposed; I have agreed to support $125 million in new spending beyond what is fiscally prudent. However, this is my last and final concession. Taxpayers cannot afford any more spending without realizing improvement from our reforms, which will take some time. But House Republicans have worked very hard to put forth a reasonable proposal. If Democrats join with Republicans to immediately pass this budget, I will put my signature on it."



Governor LePage accepts resignation of Richard Rosen as DAFS commissioner

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:33:35 EDT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has accepted the resignation of Richard Rosen as commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

The Governor has appointed David R. Lavway, deputy commissioner of operations at DAFS, as the acting commissioner.

"I thank Richard Rosen for his many years of service to the State of Maine," said Governor LePage. "He has been a dedicated public servant to the people of Maine, and I wish him well in his future endeavors."



Governor LePage Issues Statement about Ongoing Budget

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:38:36 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 09, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today encouraging Legislators to seek solutions toward a balanced budget that are fiscally responsible and provide income tax relief, limits new spending and focuses on improving education.

"Democrats in the Legislature seem to think they can score political points with the special interests that control them by posturing and threatening to shut down state government unless Republicans agree to bloat government spending by hundreds of millions of dollars. It is irresponsible for Democrats to play Chicken with our state's finances, and to insist on policies that will harm our economy," said Governor LePage.

Noting that funding levels for public education is central to the budget negotiations, Governor LePage added, "Since I became Governor, state funding for General Purpose Aid to local schools has increased over $100 million per year. Despite a 12% decline in student enrollment in our schools in the last decade, there has been a 28% increase in state funding and a 27% increase in local spending. Democrats plan to balloon state education spending by $250 to $300 million more in the next budget without ensuring more money reaches the classroom is unworkable. A one year increase of 12-15% in spending while incomes for Mainers are only increasing at 3-4% just doesn't make sense. That wouldn't work in a household budget and it doesn't work in the state budget."

"I urge Democrats and Republicans to find a fiscally responsible solution that provides income tax relief, limits new spending, and deliver meaningful reform to how Maine funds education so that more money reaches the classroom. Providing incentives for regionalization of administrative functions and programs as well as a pilot for a statewide teacher contract will be key to a successful budget," said Governor LePage.






Governor LePage issues statement about Riverview Psychiatric Center

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:27:13 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 08, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today announcing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will appeal a decision from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services disallowing $51 million that has been drawn down in disproportionate share resources (DSH) for the support of Riverview Psychiatric Center.

"Since Riverview Psychiatric Center was decertified in 2013, our administration has clearly communicated on numerous occasions that continuing to use DSH funding posed a significant risk of disallowance. Our administration warned the Legislature over and over that action needed to be taken and those warnings were ignored. Now, we are faced with a financial tsunami," said Governor LePage. "I expect the Legislature to allocate $51 million in the biennial budget and take responsibility for its missteps and jeopardizing the financial well-being of our state."

The letter from CMS to DHHS is attached below.



Governor LePage Announces Ricker Hamilton as Acting DHHS Commissioner

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:06 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 26, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the appointment of Ricker Hamilton, who now serves as Deputy Commissioner of Programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, as acting Commissioner of DHHS.

"I am pleased to appoint Ricker as acting commissioner of DHHS," said Governor LePage. "He has been actively involved in reforming welfare, improving services for the truly needy and bringing fiscal responsibility and accountability to a department that was plagued by massive shortfalls under previous administrations. Ricker will provide a wealth of experience and a steady hand to guide DHHS as the department continues to improve and reform the programs that are vital to so many Mainers."

Hamilton has 40 years of experience in management, program development, strategic planning and social work in programs that provide services for children and families, substance abuse, mental health, sexual assault and domestic violence, aging and disability and acute psychiatric care.

As Deputy Commissioner of Programs at DHHS since 2013, Hamilton has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He also served as program administrator for adult protective services at DHHS and as an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, where he developed a curriculum on elder abuse.

Hamilton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College in 1976 and his Master of Social Work degree from Boston College in 1984.

Additionally, the Governor announced Alec Porteous will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. Porteous joined the LePage Administration as deputy commissioner of finance in May 2014.

"Alec has a diverse background in the private and government sectors and has been integral in guiding the department to stable financial footing. He will continue to be a strong, reform-minded leader within the department," said Governor LePage.

Porteous previously worked as a policy advisor for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. on Wall Street reforms and the Consumer Protection Act. He also worked as an associate at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital to provide strategic and financial advice to clients, including Proctor & Gamble, Hormel and Unilever. Prior to joining DHHS, Porteous was vice president at Harpswell Capital Advisors in New Gloucester, Maine.

He also served from 2011 to 2013 as state office representative in Portland for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and as her campaign finance director during her 2013 reelection campaign. Porteous received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in 2002 and his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in 2007.



Governor LePage Directs Flags to be Lowered on Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:36:10 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today directed that the United States flag and the State of Maine flag at all state facilities be flown at half-staff Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 29.

"Maine has a profound heritage of dedication and service to our Nation," said Governor LePage. "Our brave servicemen and women have fought for us and died for us, and there is no way to repay them for this sacrifice. But on this Memorial Day, we can show that we are grateful for all of our fallen heroes."

Governor LePage also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation and our freedom.

Please note: Flags are flown half-staff until noon to honor those who died in battle and then raised to full height at noon to honor the living veterans. This recognizes those who have sacrificed and those who are still with us.

President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.



Governor LePage Thanks DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew for her Service

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:12:50 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Mary Mayhew, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving the administration effective Friday, May 26.

"Commissioner Mayhew has done an exceptional job in managing DHHS and reforming Maine's welfare system," said Governor LePage. "She spearheaded the many important welfare reforms developed under my administration, and she was the lightning rod for constant criticism from the media, liberal legislators and the special interests who wanted to protect and grow Maine's entitlement programs. But she handled it all with grit and grace. More importantly, she had the fortitude and the competence to finally bring accountability and fiscal responsibility to Maine's formerly out-of-control welfare system. Maine taxpayers, as well as those who have found success moving from welfare to work, should thank Mary for a job well done. We are truly sorry to see her go, but we wish her all the best."

As commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mayhew led the LePage Administration's mission to reform the department by controlling spending, transitioning welfare recipients to self-sufficiency through employment and reprioritizing services for the most vulnerable elderly and disabled Mainers.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work for Governor LePage and to serve the people of Maine in this capacity for the last six and a half years. I am incredibly proud of the hard working and dedicated staff at DHHS. Together we have worked to restore clear priorities within the Department to effectively support the needs of our most vulnerable," said Mayhew. "With our financial house in order over the last several years, we have focused on improving the quality of health care, increasing financial support for our elderly and disabled, prioritizing the needs of vulnerable children and at risk families and paving effective pathways to employment and self-sufficiency for families and individuals. None of this would have been possible, had the department stayed on its unsustainable path of uncontrolled spending. We've seen the positive outcomes of these reforms and how it helps strengthen Maine's economy by reducing the tax burden through more accountable social services spending and by incentivizing employment to support Maine's workforce. It is imperative that Maine stay on this course of financial accountability; prioritizing the needs of our most vulnerable, restoring a work ethic that best promotes economic prosperity for Mainers and a brighter future for our children," she said.

Before being appointed commissioner, she served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the LePage Administration. Prior to that, Mayhew served for over a decade as vice president of the Maine Hospital Association, where she was responsible for state and federal government relations, as well as policy development and advocacy. Before joining MHA, she provided association management and federal and state public affairs services in Maine over eight years to a number of clients.

She also managed State Government Relations for the Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, GA and served as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Congressman William Alexander.

An acting commissioner of DHHS will be named later this week.



UPDATE: Conditional Commutations Will Allow Individuals Re-Entry to Maine Workforce

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:56:14 EDT

**UPDATE: The Governor granted conditional commutation orders for 17 individuals on Friday, May 26, 2017. These are not commutations; they are conditional commutations. For details, see the release below, which we sent out on Tuesday.** For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - As part of the LePage Administration's comprehensive approach to modernize and improve the Maine State Prison system, Governor Paul R. LePage has begun the process to grant conditional commutation orders for individuals deemed to be lower-risk offenders to allow them to re-enter the workforce. The Department of Corrections (DOC) has begun the process of submitting recommendations to the Governor for conditional commutations that will provide inmates from throughout the Maine State Prison System with pathways to employment. Designed for individuals considered by DOC to be lower-risk offenders, the administration's system-wide approach incentivizes a structured, successful re-entry into the community and integration into Maine's workforce. Individuals who are granted these conditional commutations are subject to stringent conditions that will provide them with appropriate supervision and treatment, as well as terms for potential revocation, as deemed necessary by the Department of Corrections. Each conditional commutation plan will reflect the supervision and treatment needs of each individual. The terms of the conditional commutations are restrictive. Individuals must agree to: 1. Refrain from all criminal conduct; 2. Report to the assigned Probation Office within 24 hours of release from incarceration; 3. Actively pursue and maintain approved employment, or devote yourself to an approved employment or education program; 4. Not possess or use any unlawful drugs, alcohol, firearm or dangerous weapon; 5. Identify your supervised status to any law enforcement officer, if you are arrested, detained or questioned for any reason and notify your probation officer of that contact within 24 hours; 6. Submit to random search and testing of residence, motor vehicle or person for drugs, alcohol, firearms or dangerous weapons; 7. Complete evaluation, counseling and treatment for substance abuse, as directed by your probation officer; 8. Abide by a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except for employment purposes with permission from your probation officer; 9. Waive extradition to the State of Maine from any State of the United States, the District of Columbia or any other jurisdiction to answer any charges of violating one or more of the conditions contained in (1) through (8) above; and 10. Agree to abide by each of the foregoing conditions contained in (1) through (9) above. "These conditional commutations are a part of a system-wide approach to a fiscally responsible corrections department that is committed to transitioning low-risk offenders into jobs and self-sufficiency," said Governor LePage. "As these individuals reintegrate into the community, they will help build our workforce and fill positions that have been sitting vacant. The Departments of Corrections and Labor will work with offenders and employers to ensure these individuals are provided with the information, support and resources to put them on a path to succeed." Securing employment after incarceration is an important step in a former inmate's reintegration into society. However, experts say it is frequently one of the most difficult tasks for former offenders to accomplish. Building the bridge to post-incarceration employment involves not only helping individuals learn how to talk with prospective employers about their past experiences, but also educating employers about how to tap this underutilized labor pool and access incentives, such as free fidelity bonds and tax credits, that lessen the [...]



Statement of Governor on Bill to Require Deposit on Nip Bottles

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:30:54 EDT

Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today in response to the Legislature's initial votes on LD 56, "An Act To Include 50 Milliliter and Smaller Liquor Bottles in the Laws Governing Returnable Containers."

"Legislators say they want to prevent the littering of empty ‘nip' bottles, but they do not care if it cuts funding to other state programs or increases costs for companies that do business here," said Governor LePage. "Senator Saviello said he would call my bluff that I would delist 50-millileter ‘nip' bottles if this bill passes. A Maine legislator should know better than that. If this bill is passed, I will veto the bill, and I will instruct the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations to begin working immediately with the Liquor and Lottery Commission to delist all nips from sale in Maine. I do so with regret, but the severe impact of this bill leaves me no choice."

BABLO has already informed Agency Liquor Stores that delisting of nips could likely result from the passage of this bill. "If the Legislature is really concerned about litter, delisting nips will ensure that they are not sold in Maine, and fewer of them end up as litter," said the Governor. "We will also then know that discarded nip bottles are coming in from out of state."

Governor LePage pointed out that supporters of this bill dishonestly exempted it from going to the Appropriations table to hide the true cost of the bill. Implementation of this bill is estimated to cost the State of Maine $1 million a year. However, the legislature did not appropriate funds to cover the cost. Instead, the bill's sponsor took the cost from revenue in the state's liquor contract, proceeds of which are used to fund drinking water programs and roads and bridges, as provided in statute.

"This is yet another anti-business vote that threatens jobs, increases costs to do business and puts the state's financial health at risk," said Governor LePage. "Unfortunately, this kind of secretive backroom deal that burdens the taxpayers is what I've come to expect."






Governor LePage Announces Change in Leadership at Maine International Trade Center

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:36:10 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 12, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the departure of Janine Bisaillon-Cary as president of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and the appointment of Wade Merritt as the new State Director of International Trade.

"Janine has been a tireless leader in her efforts to champion Maine exports and attract international businesses to Maine," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We are sorry to see Janine go, and we wish her all the best in this exciting next chapter in her career. Janine took the lead on trade missions to Europe, Latin America and Asia over the last six years. I am confident the Trade Center is well positioned for continued success in the future."

Bisaillon-Cary has served as President of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) for the past 11 years and as Vice President of the Trade Center from 2000-2006. Under her tenure, the Trade Center has launched a number of international initiatives, including the StudyMaine international student attraction program, Invest in Maine foreign direct investment initiative and, most recently, MENADO- the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.

Wade Merritt joined MITC as an international trade specialist in 1997 after a brief tenure with the U.S. Commercial Service. He has served as the Trade Center's Vice President since 2006, following six years as director of MITC's regional office in Bangor. "We are appreciative of all the growth and energy that Janine has brought to the organization," said John Wolanski, chair of the Maine International Trade Center board of directors. "We have worked together as a board on this succession plan and are pleased that the Governor has selected Wade as the new director of trade." The Trade Center will be celebrating Bisaillon-Cary's tenure at the upcoming Trade Day 2017 on May 25 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.



Governor LePage Announces Nomination of John Butera as Labor Commissioner

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:36:19 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 12, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today his appointment of John Butera as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. The nomination comes after MDOL Commissioner Jeanne Paquette announced she was taking a position at the University of Southern Maine. In 2011, John Butera joined as the Governor's Senior Economic Advisor advising on economic development and job creation issues. In addition, he worked on economic and community development, business finance, workforce development and labor issues.

"John's experience will serve the Department and its employees well," said Governor LePage. "While he will be missed in our office, I am confident he will excel in his new role moving the department forward and helping Maine workers and job creators on a variety of labor issues. It is an exciting time to lead the Labor Department, as Maine now has an all-time high number of private-sector jobs and the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. But we know there is still more work to do to create even more good-paying jobs and continue to grow our economy."

Prior to his position in the LePage Administration, Butera served as Executive Director of the Central Maine Growth Council. His nearly 30-year career in economic development includes positions with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, a site location consulting firm and public-private economic development organizations. Butera is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and MA in Regional Science. He is past president of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and a has been a member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the International Economic Development Council.

The Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee will review Butera's appointment. It will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.




Governor LePage Issues Statement on Treasurer's Reissuance of Bond RFP

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:51 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage released the following statement with regard to the Treasury re-issuing its bond counsel RFP:

"It is absolutely critical the state supports our construction industry, and I appreciate Treasurer Hayes's cooperation with me to ensure these jobs are not jeopardized," said Governor LePage. "This was never a political disagreement; rather it was a procedural one. Most importantly, Mainers can now get to work on improving our roads, bridges and other infrastructure that is so vital to our economy."



Schedule of Governor LePage

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:07:29 EDT

For media purposes, the Office of the Governor is providing scheduled meetings of Governor Paul R. LePage during his trip to the Nation's capital.

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 4:30 p.m. Meeting with U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows about Healthcare Reform and Medicaid Reform TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017 8:30 a.m. Visit with scholars at American Enterprise Institute: • Robert Doar, Resident Fellow and Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, will discuss his work on welfare reform issues and how to get able-bodied men out of the labor force back to work • Nat Malkus, Research Fellow in Education Policy Studies, will discuss his work on school choice issues and his recent book, "Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice"

10 a.m. Testifying at hearing on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands

1:30 p.m. Meeting with U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan about Healthcare Reform and Medicaid Reform

2:30 p.m. Meeting with U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue about Maine blueberries, the SNAP program and food stamp reforms.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

8 a.m. Meeting with Brian McCormack, Chief of Staff for Dept. of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, about FERC, exempting dams in Maine that generate less than 5KW from FERC jurisdiction and allowing the state to oversee them.

*Meetings in schedule are subject to change without notification.



Governor LePage Sues Attorney General for Abuse of Power

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:00:35 EDT

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 1, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced Monday he has filed a lawsuit against Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. The complaint, filed today in Kennebec County Superior Court, outlines Mills's abuse of power by refusing to legally represent the Executive Branch in law court. The Attorney General's office has repeatedly refused to represent the administration in court cases she does not agree with politically. Her refusal to provide legal representation of the State, in accordance with statute, leaves all State agencies, the Governor and the Executive Branch without legal representation. These refusals have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside attorney fees, which Maine taxpayers are forced to pay. "It is no secret that Attorney General Mills and I have differing political views, but that is not the issue," said Governor LePage. "The problem is she has publicly denounced court cases which the Executive Branch has requested to join and subsequently refuses to provide legal representation for the State. This clear abuse of power prevents the Chief Executive from carrying out duties that in his good faith judgment is in the best interest of the people of Maine." When President Donald Trump issued two Executive orders relating to immigration Attorney Mills publicly opposed the first of the two orders and joined in an amicus curiae brief in opposition to it in the case of Washington v. Trump. Meanwhile, as Chief Executive, Governor LePage agreed with the President's efforts to control immigration as a measured and appropriate action to protect the people of Maine and to enforce the laws. The Governor requested to file a countervailing brief in Washington v. Trump and requested approval from the Office of the Attorney General. AG Mills delayed and obstructed the process, preventing the Governor from receiving timely counsel on behalf of the people of Maine. The statute that defines the duties and authority of the Attorney General under the Maine Constitution (M.R.S. SS 191(3) states that representation by Attorney General or a deputy, assistant or staff attorney shall appear for the State…in all the courts of the State and in those actions and proceedings before any other tribunal when requested by the Governor…All such actions and proceedings must be prosecuted or defended by the Attorney General or under the Attorney General's direction…" Also, stated, the officers or agencies of the State may not act at the expense of the State as counsel, nor employ private counsel except upon prior written approval of the Attorney General. In a separate matter of the court, but related to the second immigration Executive Order issued by the President, the Office of the Attorney General mandated the Office of the Governor bear the cost of legal fees for outside counsel, or otherwise as appropriated by the Legislature. The Attorney General also indicated that a licensed attorney within the Office of the Governor should insure outside counsel carries adequate malpractice insurance and should review all the invoices submitted by outside counsel for reasonableness. Shifting the financial burden to the Governor is not only inappropriate, but the Attorney General also imposed improper conditions on the authority by which the Governor shall be represented in the litigation. The vast majority of states, 43 to be exact, avoid this scenario by holding statewide elections to fill the office of the Attorney General. Five states allow the Governor to appoint the Attorney General, again avoiding this situation. [...]



Governor Announces District Attorney Appointment

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:53:01 EDT

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 01, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Jonathan Liberman to serve as District Attorney for District 6, which includes, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo Counties. The appointment replaces the vacancy left by Geoffrey Rushlau, who has been nominated by Governor LePage and confirmed by the Maine Senate as a judge in the District Court.

When a vacancy occurs for a district attorney, the political party of which the prosecutor is a member must submit replacement candidates to the governor. The Governor then makes the appointment. Rushlau is a Republican.

He now serves as deputy district attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc Counties. He has held the position since July 2016. From May 2011 until his post as deputy district attorney, he served as assistant district attorney for District 6.

Liberman is from Bath, graduating from Chevrus High School in Portland. He has a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University. Liberman earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.