Janet T. Mills

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Janet Mills
55th and 57th Attorney General of Maine
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
Governor Paul LePage
Preceded by William Schneider
In office
January 6, 2009 – January 6, 2011
Governor John Baldacci
Preceded by Steven Rowe
Succeeded by William Schneider
Personal details
Born (1947-12-30) December 30, 1947 (age 70)
Farmington, Maine, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Maine, Portland

Janet Trafton Mills (born December 30, 1947, in Farmington, Maine) is the Attorney General of the US state of Maine. She was first elected by the Maine State Legislature on January 6, 2009, succeeding G. Steven Rowe. Her second term began on January 3, 2013, after the term of Republican William Schneider. She is the first woman to hold the position of State Attorney General in Maine. Prior to her election, she served in the Maine House of Representatives representing the towns of Farmington and Industry.

Political career

Mills was elected to the Board of Directors of the Maine Women's Lobby in 1998.[1]

In 2002, Mills was elected to the Maine House of Representatives as a Democrat. During this time, she served on the Committees of Judiciary, Criminal Justice, and Appropriations. She had been elected to her fourth term when the Joint Convention convened in December 2008 to elect the new Attorney General. Out of several candidates, Mills was elected and became the 55th Attorney General of Maine on January 6, 2009. When Republicans gained control of the Maine Legislature in 2010, Mills, a Democrat, was not reelected to another term. In January 2011, she was elected vice chair of the Maine Democratic Party in January 2011.[2] She joined the law firm Preti Flaherty in February 2011 as a lawyer with the firm's Litigation Group in its Augusta, Maine office.[3] When Democrats regained control of the Legislature in the 2012 elections, she was again chosen to be Attorney General, resigned as vice chair of the Maine Democratic Party,[4] and took the oath of office as Attorney General on January 7, 2013.[5] She was re-elected to her position on December 3, 2014, despite the Maine Senate coming under Republican control.[6]

Republican Governor Paul LePage is opposed to Mills being Attorney General, due to many disputes between them over the legality of some of LePage's policies.[7] On January 28, 2015, LePage requested that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court give its opinion as to whether it is legal for the Governor's office to need the permission of the Attorney General's office to retain outside counsel when the AG declines to represent the State in a legal matter. LePage did so after two instances of Mills declining to represent LePage in matters which she determined had little legal merit, though she approved his requests to have outside lawyers.[8]

Personal life

Mills was married to Stanley Kuklinski, with whom she has five stepdaughters and three grandsons. Kuklinski died due to the effects of a stroke on September 24, 2014.[9] She resides in Farmington, Maine. She is also the sister of Peter Mills, the former Maine State Senator and gubernatorial candidate.

References

  1. "Mills elected to Maine Women's Lobby board". Sun Journal. December 22, 1998.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Portland lawyer chosen as Maine Dems chairman", Bangor Daily News
  3. "Former Maine Attorney General Janet Mills Joins Preti Flaherty", Preti Flaherty
  4. "Ben Grant Re-Elected as Chair of the Maine Democratic Party", Maine Democratic Party
  5. http://www.kjonline.com/news/Maine-constitutional-officials-to-take-oaths-.html
  6. "Hayes wins election as state treasurer". Kennebec Journal. December 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Split Legislature creates uncertain re-election path for Democrats in Maine constitutional offices". Bangor Daily News. December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Maine high court to weigh questions about AG Mills' refusal to represent LePage". Bangor Daily News. January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Husband of Maine attorney general dies from effects of stroke". Portland Press Herald. September 29, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Steven Rowe
Attorney General of Maine
2009–2011
Succeeded by
William Schneider
Preceded by
William Schneider
Attorney General of Maine
2013–present
Incumbent