Senator Russell Black, a lifelong resident of Wilton, is currently serving his first term in the Maine State Senate representing District 17. This district includes all municipalities and unorganized territories in Franklin County, as well as Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna in Kennebec County.
Senator Black currently serves on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
Prior to his service in the Senate, Black represented District 114 in the Maine House of Representatives for four consecutive terms. While in the House he served as the Ranking Minority Member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
A farmer and a logger, Sen. Black owns and operates Black Acres Farm on Black Acre Road in Wilton. His farm specializes in raising grass-fed beef cattle, hogs and maple syrup production. He is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School and attended college at the Wentworth Institute for Technology in Boston, MA and Central Maine Community College.
At the local level, he served as a town selectman for the Town of Wilton for nine years, on the planning board for 19 years, as a director and past president of the Wilton Lions Club, past president of the Mt. Blue High School All Sports Boosters, a member of the Wilton Fish and Game Club, past USDA farm service committee member, director and past vice president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, director of the Farmington Farmers Union. He is a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Senator Black and his wife Susan have been married for 48 years. Together they share four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.