Maine Democrats choose new AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 2, 2008

Mills with her catch at the House/Senate Fishing Derby

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine lawmakers have nominated Janet Mills to become the first female attorney general in the state's history.

The Democratic members of the legislature chose Mills, a fellow Democrat currently serving in the House of Representatives. Mills will almost certainly be named attorney general, as Democrats hold the majority in both houses.

Mills worked as the district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties for almost 15 years and was president of the Maine Prosecutors Association for four years.

Since 1995, she has worked at Wright & Mills in Skowhegan. She was in her third term as a state representative.

Her bio page says her major areas of policy interests are education funding, health care, tax reform and judicial matters. She was chosen over Democrats Assistant Attorney General Brautigam and Rep. Sean Faircloth, the majority whip of the House.

Attorney General Steven Rowe reached his term limit. He was first chosen in 2001.

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