Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows
Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are individuals with past or current careers as policy makers 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 UMaine administration and graduate students.
Fall semester 2019:
November 19 – Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham
Please contact Amy Blackstone for more information.
Rep. Kathleen Dillingham Bio:
House Republican Leader Kathleen R. J. Dillingham was 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.
Representative 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, Representative Dillingham serves on the Personnel Committee and Facilities Committee. Representative 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.
Currently, she is a member of the East Oxford Cemetery Association, the Oxford County Fair Association, and the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Previously, Representative 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, Girl Scout Leader, Boosters Youth Basketball Coach, and a member of the MSAD 17 School Board.
Kathleen began working in the Maine Legislature in 2001 as an administrative assistant and 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.
Her introduction to politics, however, didn’t start in Augusta. 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.
Representative 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, Representative Dillingham 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. Representative Dillingham is also completing a degree in Public Administration.
Legislative Office: 207-287-1440
See a full list of previous Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows.