Justin Chenette

Maine State Senate, District 31

Justin was the youngest openly gay legislator ever elected in the United States.

Biography

Justin Chenette is serving his 4th term in the Maine legislature with two terms in the Senate and two terms in the House of Representatives. He represents Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton in the Senate. He is currently the Chair of the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee, Chair of the Marijuana Advisory Commission, Co-Chair of the Democracy Reform Caucus, and is a member of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Ethics Committee, and the Maine Climate Council’s Coastal & Marine Working Group.

Justin also serves as a Citizen Trade Policy Commissioner. In 2012, Justin made history by becoming the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator and Maine’s youngest lawmaker at age 21. He was sworn into office just a week before graduating from college. Justin has been recognized nationally by The Advocate magazine, listing him on their list of the 40 Under 40 most accomplished leaders throughout the country. ​Justin’s political career began at 17 when Governor John Baldacci appointed him to serve on the Maine State Board of Education, making history as its first student board member. Justin graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a B.S. in Broadcast News. He also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School after receiving a full ride fellowship from Victory Institute & the Bohnett Foundation.​ ​

Importance of Candidacy:
  • Justin was the youngest openly gay legislator ever elected in the United States.
  • He is the youngest Senator in the Maine Senate.

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