Rick Bennett

Sen. Rick Bennett – Oxford

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State Senator – District 19
(R – Oxford)

Contact:

Office: (207) 287-1505

Home: (207) 539-9005

75 Bennett Lane, Oxford, ME 04270

Towns

Bridgton, Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Harrison, Hiram, NaplEs, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Porter and Sebago.

Committee Assignments

Environment and Natural Resources
Government Oversight

Sen. Rick Bennett is a Maine native and has family roots in Oxford County going back more than two centuries.

Sen. Bennett, a former President of the Maine State Senate, has 12 years of public service in the Senate and House where he earned a reputation as a reformer and staunch advocate for fiscal discipline, balanced budgets, term limits, governmental accountability, and Maine’s precious outdoors heritage.

He currently serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Government Oversight Committee. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Maine University and Community College Center in South Paris in 2002 and the Western Maine Veterans Home in 1993.

Sen. Bennett represented western Maine for four terms in the Maine Senate, from 1996 to 2004. With a partisan tie in the Maine Senate in 2000 that many said would mean gridlock, he was unanimously elected as President of the Senate in a unique power-sharing agreement that gave a voice to every member, regardless of party. He served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994.

As a business innovator, Sen. Bennett has led the turnaround of several Maine-based enterprises.

From 2006-2014, he was CEO and then Chairman of GMI Ratings and its predecessor, The Corporate Library, an investment research firm headquartered in Portland, Maine, with offices in New York, San Diego and London. Under his leadership, the firm grew from a money-losing start-up to a profitable global enterprise employing approximately 50 people in its Maine offices. As co-chairman of Quoddy, the storied footwear brand based in Lewiston, Sen. Bennett led a restructuring that saved local shoe making jobs and created a platform for the company’s growth.

For the past 18 years, he has served on the board of directors of GWI, the Biddeford-based leading telecom and Internet company that he has helped adapt and grow in a volatile, fast-moving market. The company is now building miles of high-speed fiber direct to homes and businesses in Western Maine.

​He is currently President and CEO of ValueEdge Advisors, a firm he formed in summer 2014 to hold big companies accountable to their stakeholders.

Sen. Bennett served for several years on the boards of the Maine Heritage Policy Center and the Maine Conservation Voters. From 2010 to 2019, he was a trustee of Hebron Academy. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in 2005 and served on the Commission until 2009.

​​He received his bachelor’s of arts with honors from Harvard University in 1986 and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000. He is an active member of the First Congregational Church of South Paris and currently leads the Church Council. At home, he enjoys long-distance running, having completed 13 marathons and two ultramarathons.

Sen. Bennett lives in Oxford with his wife, Karen, who works in the community as a home health therapist. Together they have two adult children, Abby and Nathaniel, and one dog and one cat.

Current Posts

Should we just call this case Frey vs. Frey?

Sen. Rick Bennett delivers this week’s Republican Radio Address regarding the Government Oversight Committee’s decision to sue Maine DHHS for the records of four children who died in 2021 By Sen. Rick Bennett AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee (GOC) took an historic step this week and voted to enforce compliance with its subpoena to […]

Maine legislative committee votes to sue DHHS to enforce its subpoena

Government Oversight Committee members also challenge the role of the Attorney General’s Office in what will be a constitutional conflict between two co-equal branches of Maine’s government STATE HOUSE – On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan Government Oversight Committee (GOC) voted to enforce compliance with its subpoena to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services […]

Maine legislative committee votes to subpoena DHHS records

The Government Oversight Committee takes the unusual step in demanding records of four children who died in 2021 By Senate Republican Office STATE HOUSE – On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature’s bipartisan Government Oversight Committee (GOC) voted to issue a subpoena to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for the records of four children […]