The Maine Senate
is the upper house
of the Maine Legislature
, the state legislature
of the U.S. state
. The Senate consists of 35 members representing an equal number of districts across the state. Unlike the lower House
, the Senate does not set aside nonvoting seats for Native
tribes. Because it is a part-time position, members of the Maine Senate usually have outside employment as well.
The Senate meets at the Maine State House in Augusta.
Unlike a fair share of U.S. states
, the Senate's leadership does not stem from the Lieutenant Governor
, as Maine
is one of a few states not to have the office. The leadership instead falls in the hands of the Senate President, who is also the first in the Gubernatorial
line of succession. The Maine Senate is currently the only body of its kind in the United States where all the major chamber positions are held by women.
Composition of the Senate
- 123rd Legislature, 2007-2009
Members of the Maine Senate