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February 1, 2019

Maine Senate confirms nine of Mills' Cabinet nominees

Courtesy / Office of Gov. Janet Mills
Courtesy / Office of Gov. Janet Mills
The Maine Senate confirmed on Thursday nine of Gov. Janet Mills' cabinet nominees, who all had earned unanimous committee votes earlier this week.

The Maine Senate confirmed on Thursday nine of Gov. Janet Mills' cabinet nominees, who all had earned unanimous committee votes earlier this week.

The Maine Senate confirmed the following nominees Thursday:

  • Kirsten Figueroa, Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
  • Bruce Van Note, Department of Transportation.
  • Laura Fortman, Department of Labor.
  • Heather Johnson, Department of Economic and Community Development.
  • Judith Camuso, Department of Inland, Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Gerald Reid, Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Patrick Keliher, Department of Marine Resources.
  • Maj. Douglas Farnham, Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
  • John Rohde, Workers' Compensation Board.

"I am pleased the Senate has confirmed these highly qualified, respected, and experienced individuals so they can begin their work immediately on behalf of the people of Maine," Mills said in a statement. "I look forward to working with the Legislature to confirm the rest of my cabinet so we can continue charting a new, and better path forward for our state."

Five of Mills' remaining nominees — namely, Jeanne Lambrew, Department of Health and Human Services; Pender Makin, Department of Education; Anne Head, Department of Professional and Financial Regulation; Randall Liberty, Department of Corrections, and Mike Sauschuck, Department of Public Safety — will appear before the relevant committees for their confirmation hearings today and tomorrow.

The committee confirmation hearing for Amanda Beal, Mills' nominee for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, will be held Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. before the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Joint Standing Committee in Cross Building, Room 214.

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