Gideon: “These extraordinary women and men are ready to work and I’m eager to serve alongside with them.”

PORTLAND –  Democrats strengthened their control of the Maine House of Representatives and increased their majority by 16 seats. As of Wednesday morning, 89 Democrats and 4 Independents were elected to serve as Maine State Representatives, with many races still being tabulated.

“Last night’s results mean we can truly get to work improving the lives of Maine people,” said Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. “Democrats not only strengthened the House majority, we increased it by 16 seats. I’m also incredibly proud to announce we’ve elected 48 democratic women – 54% of of the new Democratic caucus – to fill these seats. Our candidates worked incredibly hard to run positive and dynamic grassroots campaigns to connect with Maine voters. These extraordinary women and men are ready to work and I’m eager to serve alongside with them.”

Maine saw record turnout in this midterm election. While formal results will be released by the Secretary of State’s office in the coming days, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap projected high turnout of around 65%, and believes the State may have exceeded that projection.

“Maine House Democrats will be focused on an agenda that prioritizes what they heard on the campaign trail from voters across this state,” said Speaker Gideon. “An agenda that recognizes the choices working families make every day and moves those families closer to prosperity. Conversation after conversation, we pledged to increase access to affordable and quality healthcare, to alleviate the burden of crippling student debt and to finally make the investments that will build the high-paying, sustainable jobs of both today and tomorrow. We know that by working in partnership with Governor-elect Janet Mills and the Maine Senate Democrats, we’ll be able to get the results Mainers have long deserved.”