Following the news that Representative Ryan Fecteau has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 130th Maine session of the Maine Legislature, Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra released the following statement:

“The Maine House of Representatives couldn’t be in better hands with Speaker Ryan Fecteau at the helm. Along with Majority Leader Michelle Dunphy and Assistant Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross, I am confident that Speaker Fecteau and House Democrats will help steer us through the ongoing health and economic crises we are facing and ensure no Mainer is left behind.

“I also want to offer a special thanks to outgoing Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. Under her leadership, Maine made real progress on fighting the opioid crisis, expanding access to health care, and protecting reproductive rights for all, just to name a few issues that matter most to Mainers. Sara has been a dedicated public servant for many years, and we’re proud of the hard work she’s done to make our state a better place for all Mainers to live.”