Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:

“Rep. Hamann’s statements this week were inexcusable and unacceptable. Elected officials, at every level of government, must hold themselves to a higher standard and set an example of civility. As he has done publicly, Rep. Hamann again apologized and expressed deep remorse when I spoke with him last night.

“While our system of government demands vigorous debate, too often today our political discourse, on both sides of the aisle, strays into personal attacks and vulgar language, whether on social media, in the press or in the hallways of the State House.

“As a result of his actions, I let Rep. Hamann know last night that I would be removing him from his service on both the Health and Human Services Committee and the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee. I hope this consequence sends a clear signal to all members of the House of Representatives that they are expected to conduct themselves with respect at all times and in all media.”

Pursuant to her authority under House Rule 201.1 (I) (a), Speaker Gideon made a series of changes to Committee assignments today. She appointed:

  • Representative Aaron Frey of Bangor to the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation, replacing Rep. Hamann;
  • Representative Joyce McCreight of Harpswell to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, replacing Rep. Hamann; and
  • Representative Denise Tepler of Topsham to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation, replacing Representative Joyce McCreight of Harpswell.