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Encyclopedia > Maine House of Representatives
The debating chamber of the Maine House of Representatives inside the State House
The debating chamber of the Maine House of Representatives inside the State House

The Maine House of Representatives is the lower house of the Maine Legislature. The House consists of 151 members (excluding two nonvoting members) representing an equal amount of districts across the state. Each voting member of the House represents around 8,450 citizens of the state. Image File history File links MaineHouse. ... Image File history File links MaineHouse. ... The Maine State House, located in Augusta, Maine, was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. ... A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house. ... The Maine Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. ...


The House meets at the Maine State House in Augusta. The Maine State House, located in Augusta, Maine, was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. ... Augusta is the capital of the state of United States. ...

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Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also its the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber. The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ...


The current Speaker is Democrat John G. Richardson of District 63 (Brunswick). The Majority Leader is Glenn A. Cummings of District 115 (Portland). The Minority Leader is Republican David E. Bowles of District 142 (Sanford). The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... John G. Richardson is the current Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. ... ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... Waterfront of Portland along the Fore River Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of 64,249 citizens as of 2000. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sanford is a census-designated place located in York County, Maine. ...


Make-up of the House of Representatives

Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 74
  Republican Party 73
  Independent 3
  Maine Green Independent Party 1
 Total
151
 Nonvoting Members
2

The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Maine Green Independent Party is the oldest state Green party in the United States. ...

Nonvoting Members of the House

The two nonvoting members within the House represent the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The special Representatives can sponsor legislation relating to Natives and Native land claims, as well as cosponsor any other legislation brought before the House, but are not allowed to submit an actual legislative vote. The Penobscot and Passamaquoddy representatives are also entitled to sit as nonvoting members of joint standing committees during hearings and deliberations. ¢ Seal of the Penobscot Indian Nation of Maine For other uses, see Penobscot (disambiguation). ... The Passamaquoddy are a Native American/First Nations people who live in northeastern North America, primarily in Maine and New Brunswick. ... ¢ Seal of the Penobscot Indian Nation of Maine For other uses, see Penobscot (disambiguation). ... The Passamaquoddy are a Native American/First Nations people who live in northeastern North America, primarily in Maine and New Brunswick. ...


Indepenedents and Other Parties

Due to the independent political tradition in the state, the Maine House of Representatives has been an entry ground for several of the state's prominent Independent politicians. From 2002 to 2006, supporters of the Green Party also noted the House of Representatives as the legislative home of John Eder, District 118 (Portland), of the Maine Green Independent Party, then the highest elected Green politician in U.S. politics. In the 2006 elections, John Eder lost his seat to a Democratic challenger. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In United States politics, the Green Party has been active as a third party since the 1980s. ... John Eder, (born January 18, 1969) of Portland, Maine, is a member of the Maine Green Independent Party, elected to the Maine state house in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. ... Waterfront of Portland along the Fore River Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of 64,249 citizens as of 2000. ... The Maine Green Independent Party is the oldest state Green party in the United States. ... The Federal Government of the United States was established by the United States Constitution. ... John Eder, (born January 18, 1969) of Portland, Maine, is a member of the Maine Green Independent Party, elected to the Maine state house in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. ... The following is a list of political parties known as the Democratic Party in their respective countries. ...


See also

The Maine State House, located in Augusta, Maine, was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. ... The Maine Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. ... The debating chamber of the Maine Senate in the State House in Augusta The Maine Senate is the upper house of the Maine Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maine. ...

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