FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUGUSTA- The 128th Maine Senate officially convened for the first time today as new and returning Maine senators joined at the State House to take the oath of office.
Although the elections occurred only a month ago, Senate Republicans, who maintained a majority in the Senate for a second consecutive session for the first time since 1980, are eager to return to continue working towards common goals such as promoting prosperity for all Mainers by passing a responsible biennial budget and building on the meaningful reforms that were passed into law during the 127th Legislature.
Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said, “It is a true honor to have been unanimously elected to serve as Maine Senate President for the second consecutive session. I believe it is a validation of the progress we made during the previous session on the most important issues facing Maine. We have many difficult challenges ahead of us in the 128th Legislature, and I look forward to joining all of my fellow senators in serving the people of Maine.”
Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), the returning Senate Majority Leader said, “Last year, by working together, we were able to pass meaningful reforms to our welfare programs, reduce the overall tax burden and end the year with revenues that continue to surpass expectations. I look forward to building on this momentum by advancing laws that will make Maine great again.”
“I look forward to continuing our work on issues that are most important to the citizens of Maine over the next two years”, said Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot), the returning Assistant Senate Majority Leader.
Legislators will reconvene on January 4th for the first session of the 128th Maine Legislature.
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