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Former Maine Senate President, House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell to speak at USM

PORTLAND—Former Maine Senate President and House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell will speak at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland campus.

Mitchell served multiple terms in both the Maine House and Senate, becoming the first female in the U.S. to be elected senate president and house speaker. While in state legislature, Mitchell was an advocate for job creation, access to health care, and energy sustainability. As a former teacher, she championed laws to improve Maine’s public education system and sponsored first-in-the-nation legislation to use state funding to expand the federal Head Start program. Mitchell has also served as director of the Maine Housing Authority, on the New England Board of Higher Education, and as chair of Federal Home Loan Bank Board.    

Mitchell’s 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 U.S. Senator Angus King on October 17, 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.

For series details and speaker locations, please see the Muskie School of Public Service

Directions to the Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus: