My entire legislative career has been about fighting for a government that works best for you. Proud that after years of persistence, I was finally able to get a campaign finance reform package over the finish line that:
Banned lobbyist contributions to state officials & candidates
Closed the revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists
Ended political action committee (PAC) slush funds
Together we moved the needle on money in politics, lobbyist influence, and created a more ethical state house.
Fighting to Fix Unemployment
COVID-19 Relief & Resources
Here is the latest grocery shopping info for seniors and those most at-risk:
Shaws: Every Tuesday & Thursday from 7-9AM Shaws will set aside shopping time specifically for senior citizens and other at-risk members of our community.
Market Basket: 6-7AM everyday the stores will be open ONLY to serve customers 60 and older.
Walmart: From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. They've regular hours from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Target: All nationwide stores will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests.
Hannaford will be dedicating special shopping hours for customers over 60 and those with compromised immune systems starting March 24. Stores will open early from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Trader Joes: Every day between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers. This will ensure that those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store to help make their experience a more positive one.
Walgreens: On Tuesdays, Walgreens has set aside 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. for senior and immunocompromised individuals.
BJ's: Everyday from 8-9AM will serve seniors 60+ only.
New Children's Coloring & Activity Book Published!
Uniquely designed and written for Maine’s youth, The Great Whoopie Pie Debate: How Your Idea Becomes Maine Law, is a coloring and activity book to teach the next generation about how their government works.
Written by Senator Justin Chenette, each page is a lesson in the steps of the legislative process with fun facts about the Pine Tree State. This educational activity book has children solving puzzles, mazes, crosswords, fill-in-the-blanks, and more to offer an entertaining way to learn about Maine’s political system.
This 32-page book visually demonstrates how a law is made from start to finish with a real-life illustration of when Maine legislators debated the state dessert. A perfect resource for teachers and parents alike.
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, 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 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, as well as being awarded a full ride fellowship from the Victory Institute to attend the Senior Executives in State & Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously served on various policy committees including Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Taxation, State & Local Government, and was co-chair of the youth caucus.
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 the past president and current vice president of his community’s downtown revitalization organization, Saco Main Street, is an avid volunteer through the Saco Bay Rotary, Vice President of the Friends of the OOB Ballpark, and as a member of the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce and Buxton-Hollis Historical Society.
After attending Saco public schools, he graduated high school from Thornton Academy while taking a full semester of college courses at the University of Southern Maine. Justin graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a B.S. in Broadcast News, where he was named the Outstanding Young Alumni in 2019. Justin also earned an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta. He currently works as a licensed Realtor at the Bean Group, as the President of his digital marketing firm, Chenette Media LLC, and is the owner of Maine Property Lovers LLC, a real estate investment company. He previously worked as Saco Sport & Fitness's Marketing Coordinator and the Journal Tribune's Digital Advertising Executive.