Representative Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford was elected House Republican Leader by her colleagues 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.
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.
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Rep. Harold “Trey” Stewart III is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives representing the people of House District 147 which encompasses most of Presque Isle. He has been elected to serve as the Assistant House Republican Leader for the 129th Legislature.
Rep. Stewart graduated from Presque Isle High School in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in 2016 in political science and sociology.
He was first elected to the Maine House in 2016 while he was a senior in college. Since then, he has completed an MBA while serving his first term in the legislature, graduating in May of 2018.
Rep. Stewart worked for in the Office of Congressman Bruce Poliquin prior to serving in the legislature. He currently works at the Aroostook Partnership, focusing on economic and workforce development in Northern Maine. In 2018, he became a licensed real estate agent.
During his first term in the Maine House, Rep. Stewart was the youngest member of the Maine Legislature and served on both the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and the state-wide Opioid Task Force.
As he enters his second term, he is now serving as the youngest member of legislative leadership for the 129th Legislature after his election as the Assistant Leader of the House Republican Caucus.
In addition to his career and legislative service, Rep. Stewart also a member of the Presque Isle Rotary Club; Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce; Trinity Masonic Lodge #130; Momentum Aroostook, Steering Committee; Aroostook County Action Program, Board of Directors; Northern Maine Community College Foundation, Board of Directors; University of Maine at Presque Isle Board of Visitors; Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact, Commissioner for Maine; and the Presque Isle Volunteer Fire Department, volunteer.
Rep. Stewart spends his spare time traveling, reading, listening to country music, hunting, being outside in Northern Maine, snowboarding and spending time at the lake in the summer.