Senator Justin Chenette is serving his first term 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. Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Justin served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing the City of Saco.
In the House, Justin was a member of the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee, served on the State & Local Government Committee, and was co-chair of the Legislature's bipartisan youth caucus. In 2012, Chenette 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.
Justin’s political career began at 17 when Governor John Baldacci appointed him to serve on the Maine State Board of Education as its first student member where he advocated for civics education and drug prevention programming. While he was a National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, he also interned for Republican U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe prior to her retirement, learning the importance of bipartisanship.
He currently works for the Journal Tribune as their Digital Advertising Executive and is also a small business owner, running his own multimedia public relations company, Chenette Media LLC.
Reader's Choice Award
Thank you for selecting me as your Journal Tribune Reader's Choice Award for Local Politician for the 2nd year in a row.
This one means a lot!