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Former Maine Legislator Peter Mills to Speak at USM

PORTLAND—Former Maine Legislator Peter Mills will speak at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, October 24, at 4 p.m. in Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland campus. 

Mills served in the Maine Legislature from 1994 to 2010, acting as the Republican leader on the Tax, Labor, Judiciary, and Appropriations, Education, and Health and Human Services Committees. Prior to his service in the legislature, Mills worked as lawyer in southern Maine and also served for five years on active duty as a line officer in the U.S. Navy. He has been an outspoken advocate for change in Maine’s tax and school funding systems, and has worked to pass bipartisan reforms in health care and education. Since 2011, Mills has served as the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority, having been nominated to the post by Governor Paul LePage. 

Mills’ presentation is part of the eight-week speaker series “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation,” which brings Maine’s top political minds together to address the following questions: How was politics “played” in earlier times, in Maine and the nation? How has that changed, and why? What will it take to get back on course? And what does Maine have to teach the nation in this regard? The series runs on Thursday afternoons to November 7.

Upcoming speakers include Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank on October 31 and a panel discussion with former State Senator Cynthia Dill, Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, and University of Maine Professor Amy Fried on November 7.   

The series is hosted by the Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM. There is no charge for admission, and seating cannot be reserved.

Series sponsors include the Bangor Daily News, Bernstein Shur, Cutler Family Fund, Dead River Company, Drummond Woodsum, F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company, the Sun Journal, Maine Community Foundation, Mainebiz, Peter Mills, and Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram.

See the Muskie School of Public Service for series details and speaker locations.

Directions to the Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus: