Senator Justin Chenette is serving his second term as the youngest legislator in the Maine Senate where he represents Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton. He is currently the Chair of the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee, Co-Chair of the Democracy Reform Caucus, and is a member of both the Environment & Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. 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 elected to two terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing the City of Saco and 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. 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 founded a non-profit organization to advance arts education, connect Veterans to job training, help students afford college, and increase volunteerism, investing nearly $10,000 into the community. He continues this work through his nonprofit scholarship fund. Justin is also Vice President and Past President of Saco's downtown revitalization 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, and Buxton-Hollis Historical Society. He currently works as a licensed Realtor at the Bean Group, as the Saco Sport & Fitness's Marketing Coordinator, and as a small business owner, running his own marketing & public relations firm, Chenette Media LLC.