Rep. Kathleen Dillingham named Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow

We are pleased to announce that Maine State Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham will be joining us on November 19, 2019 as our Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow.

About the Program:

Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are individuals with past or current careers as policymakers in Maine—people of distinguished status and extensive experience. Each fellow comes to campus as our guest for a day, teaches an undergraduate class, speaks with faculty about research and public policy, and meets with University of Maine administration and graduate students. For a full list of past fellows, click here.

The goal of the program is to bring together leaders in the state with UMaine faculty, students, and administration. This collaborative experience enriches educational experiences for students, creates networking opportunities between policy officials and the University community, and highlights the innovative research and projects within the policymaker’s fields of interest. For more information, see our website.

Rep. Dillingham has an extensive career in public service and policy leadership in the state of Maine. At present, she is the House Republican Leader, chosen by her colleagues to lead the caucus at the beginning of her third term in November of 2018. Since 2014, she has represented the residents of House District 72, which includes the towns of Mechanic Falls, Otisfield, and Oxford.

She will begin her tour of the University of Maine by meeting with President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and hopes to visit the Advanced Structures and Composites Center as well as the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.  Closing Rep. Dillingham’s visit will be a reception at the President’s House at 4:00pm. Reservations are necessary for this closing event. To attend, please RSVP to Susan D’Angelo at your earliest convenience.

A Distinguished Career in Maine Policymaking:

Further, Rep. Dillingham serves as a member of the Government Oversight Committee, charged with overseeing program evaluation, accountability within state government, and ensuring that public funds are expended for intended purposes. As a member of Legislative Leadership, she serves on the Personnel Committee and Facilities Committee. Rep. Dillingham also serves on the House Rules Committee, the Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Commission, and Citizen Trade Policy Commission. These committee assignments build on her previous experience serving two terms on the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs. She also serves as a member of the newly created Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act.

In addition to her role in the State Legislature, she is also a member of the East Oxford Cemetery Association, the Oxford County Fair Association, and the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Rep. Dillingham has served as a member of the Norway/Paris Kiwanis Club, the chair of the Oxford Budget Committee, a member of the Oxford Appeals Board, a Girl Scout Leader, a Boosters Youth Basketball Coach, and a member of the MSAD 17 School Board.

Her career in the Maine Legislature began in 2001 as an administrative assistant and she quickly moved through the ranks to serve as a Legislative Aide to House Leadership. Her humble beginnings at the State House guide her inclusive, results-driven approach to solving problems for her constituents and the people of Maine.

A Long Tradition of Service:

Rep. Dillingham’s introduction to politics, however, did not start with her work in Augusta. At an early age, she was exposed to policymaking through her family. Her father served as a Selectman and Representative from Oxford. Her uncle Philip Jackson served in the Maine House and Senate. Her uncle Caldwell Jackson served as an Oxford County Commissioner and Selectman. One of her aunts managed the Blaine House through four Governors and another aunt served as a District Representative for former U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe.

Rep. Dillingham takes pride in being the first Hispanic Republican Legislative Leader in Maine. Her father met her mother in Puerto Rico while he was stationed there in the Army. The youngest of three children, she spent time living in different places in the United States and Europe, before settling back in the Oxford Hills area when her father returned to finish his military career.

She continues to work with her father, aunts, and uncles on the family farm. Rep. Dillingham is also completing a degree in Public Administration.

Contact Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham:

Legislative Office: 207-287-1440