Speaker of the Maine House
Speaker Sara Gideon is serving her second term as Speaker of the House and fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives, representing the towns of Freeport and Pownal.
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 related to increased prosperity for all Maine families. Her ability to achieve bipartisan results is best demonstrated by her landmark LIFT legislation, squarely aimed at families gaining financial independence. In both 2017 and 2018, under divided government, Gideon passed common sense measures that both lifted Maine families out of poverty, while increasing the numbers of higher-skilled workers needed by Maine’s employers and economy. In the most recent legislative session, Gideon has partnered with Republican leadership to continue this work.
In her service to the state, she has also worked across the aisle to combat the opioid crisis threatening too many Maine families. By strengthening prevention, education, treatment, and law enforcement efforts, specifically increasing access to naloxone, a life saving overdose-reversal drug, she has displayed a commitment to saving every life possible.
Gideon has championed legislation to strengthen democracy and improve civic engagement with her Automatic Voter Registration bill. As a result, our elections will be more secure and efficient and more Mainers will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box.
Her experience on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee focused on promoting renewable energy sources and increased energy efficiency in order to build our clean-energy economy. She has been a vocal advocate for expanding high speed internet access, recognizing that business travels not just on roads and bridges, but on the digital highways that are modern broadband.
As the mother of three 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. She passed a bill in the most recent session that will address the high property taxes facing Maine families by providing much-needed property tax relief directly to Maine homeowners, putting more of their hard-earned money back in their pockets.
Sara Gideon lives in Freeport, with her husband Ben and their children. She is a proud mother, wife, sister and daughter who will always fight for Maine families.