Justin Chenette

Maine State Senate, District 31


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

Senator Justin Chenette is serving as the youngest Senator in the Maine Senate where he represents Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton. He is the ranking member of the Taxation Committee and sits on the Senate Committee on Conduct & Ethics. Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Justin served two
terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing the City of Saco.
In 2012, Justin made history by becoming the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator and Maine’s youngest lawmaker at age 21. The Advocate magazine named him “an architect of the next decade” and listed him among the 40 Under 40 most accomplished leaders throughout the country in 2013. While in the House, Justin was a member of the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee, State & Local Government Committee, and was co-chair of the Legislature’s bipartisan youth caucus.
Justin’s political career began at 17 when Governor John Baldacci appointed him to serve on the Maine State Board of Education becoming its first student board member. He is currently President of Saco’s downtown development organization Saco Main Street, Vice President of the Friends of the OOB Ballpark, and is a member of the Saco Bay Rotary Club, Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce, Saco Grange, and Buxton – Hollis Historical Society. Justin lives in Saco with his husband Eduard, who works as an environmental engineer in Portland.
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.

Related Content