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Democrat Representative Hannah Pingree is the new speaker in Maine.

Democrat Representative Hannah Pingree is the new speaker in Maine. To date, she is the youngest speaker in the country at age 32. Pingree's mother, Chellie Pingree, was elected Senate majority leader at age 37, and following a stint as director of Common Cause, became the first Democratic woman from Maine to win election to Congress in November. Representative John Piotti was elected majority leader over Sharon Treat, and Republicans chose Representative Josh Tardy minority leader. Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell is the Senate president in Maine. She and Pingree are the first two women in Maine to serve simultaneously as presiding officers in both chambers. In addition, Mitchell made history m 1996 when she was elected the state's first speaker of the House. She is the only woman in the United States to serve as presiding officer in both chambers of a legislature. Senator Kevin Raye is the minority leader.

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Title Annotation:People & Politics
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1ME
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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