About me

I’ve lived in Woolwich for 37 years, and serving my third term in the Maine State Legislature. I work hard to stay in touch with constituents and community leaders, and am very responsive to their concerns and questions. Leadership depends on being a reliable source of information, and especially during this pandemic, I’ve earned a reputation for finding answers. Part of this comes from my background. I first learned about government when I was elected to the Woolwich Selectboard. Local government provides me with an important framework for understanding and relating to the challenges of state government.

I’m also a teacher. I currently teach history at the University of Maine at Farmington, but I’ve also enjoyed a variety of other jobs: printer, retail store and office coordinator, magazine production assistant, and steelworker.

The hard-working maritime world is also a key part of who I am. Woolwich has had an alewife harvest since 1760 and it’s a vibrant part of the Town’s tradition, and also provides some income to a harvester and the Town every year, as well as bait for many fishermen in the area. As part owner of my husband’s wooden boat building and repair business in Small Point, Phippsburg, I’ve learned traditional boatbuilding, and now volunteer with Maine’s First Ship; we are an all-volunteer crew who have built a re-creation of Virginia, the first English ship built in Maine, in 1607 in what is now Phippsburg.  I’m fortunate to serve on the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, and have been proud to represent our fishermen, fight for our marine industries, and protect our marine resources.

Finally, I’m connected to the community in other ways. I volunteer with the Woolwich Historical Society, serve as a Trustee of the Patten Free Library in Bath, and am a steering committee member of Age-Friendly Communities of the Lower Kennebec.

School supplies at RSU 1 Set for Success

Dresden Spirit of America Award 2019 to Nancy Cote

Directing traffic at 2019 Trek Across Maine

Arrowsic Pumper Truck honoree Milly Stafford

Woolwich Day 2019

Door handler at Bath Farmers Market 2020 during Covid-19

State House 2019

Organ Donor Awareness Day 2019

Keynote speaker, Maine Educational Opportunity Association 2020