Working with Your Legislators
All staff must inform the Extension Director PRIOR TO ANY ACTION of their intent to invite US Representatives, US Senators, Governor, and Maine State Department Commissioners to University of Maine Cooperative Extension sponsored events. The same guidelines will also be used to invite senior administrators of UMaine and the University of Maine System to UMaine Extension events.
- Maine’s University Advocacy Network
- Getting to know the Maine State Legislature
- Are there legislative committees that are relevant to your work? Who serves on those? Remember their staff and analysts are great contacts as well.
“Familiarity leads to relationship building and that always is helpful as legislators seek information in the course of their business. It is critically important to nurture those linkages between constituents and legislators. That is the essence of what we do.”
— Chris Rector, State Representative, House District 48, Thomaston, Maine
“State policy development is most effectively crafted through a collaborative process, particularly involving those who can provide practical guidance and insight to legislators.”
— Representative Ted Koffman, District 35 – Representing Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, part of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor