Speaker of the Maine House
Speaker Sara Gideon is serving her first term as Speaker of the House and third term in the Maine House of Representatives, representing the towns of Freeport and Pownal. She lives in Freeport, with her husband Ben and their three children.
As Speaker of the House, she is responsible for presiding over all actions of the House of Representatives.
Speaker Gideon’s number one priority is building an economy that works for everyone. She believes that Maine people are our best resource, that Maine students deserve our investment and that fostering innovation and entrepreneurship will lead to successful businesses statewide.
Throughout her time in the Maine House of Representatives, she has led on issues to promote renewable energy sources and increased energy efficiency in order to build our clean-energy economy. She has been a vocal advocate for high speed internet and laid the groundwork for expansion in our rural areas by increasing funding for planning grants for municipalities and regional entities.
In her service to the state, she has worked across the aisle to combat the drug crisis threatening too many Maine families. By strengthening prevention, education, treatment, and law enforcement efforts, specifically increasing access to naloxone, she has displayed a commitment to saving every life possible.
Speaker Gideon graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She spent her professional career as an advertising account executive for a nationally renowned newspaper. She is the youngest of four children. Her father is a pediatrician who immigrated to America from India. Her mother is also a first-generation American, whose parents immigrated from Armenia.
She is a very proud mother, wife, sister and daughter who believes deeply in the promise of our country.
As the mother of three young children, Speaker Gideon knows that working families are struggling in this difficult economy and has a legislative agenda that puts middle class and working families first. Her community service, including hours in the RSU 5 schools, on the Town Council and on the boards of the Freeport Community Services and the Freeport Economic Development Corporation, is a major inspiration behind her public service career. Her desire to positively impact the lives of children and empower women and working families is why she ran for office.