AUGUSTA – On Monday, the Maine Senate Democratic Caucus elected Sen. Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic to serve as Senate Majority Leader and Sen. Mattie Daughtry of Brunswick to serve Assistant Senate Majority Leader for the remainder of the 130th Maine Legislature. The leadership elections came in the wake of Sen. Nate Libby’s decision to step back from his leadership position due to increasing professional and family commitments.
The newly elected Senate Majority Leader and Assistant Senate Majority Leader will serve alongside Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, as a part of the Senate Democratic Leadership team.
President Jackson released the following statement congratulating the newly elected leaders:
“Sen. Eloise Vitelli has dedicated her life to championing Maine people, helping working Maine families and small businesses get ahead. At New Ventures Maine, she trained generations of workers for good-paying jobs and helped entrepreneurs get small businesses off the ground. In the Senate, she has taken on large corporate interests on behalf of Maine people, from predatory student lending companies to large pharmaceutical giants, while providing thoughtful, measured leadership as Assistant Senate Majority Leader. As we look to rebound from this crisis, Sen. Vitelli has what it takes to guide the caucus forward and deliver for Mainers as Senate Majority Leader.
“Sen. Mattie Daughtry is a small business owner, a relentless advocate for education and workforce training and a lawmaker with a track record of working at the local level to come up with commonsense solutions to challenges facing her community. She understands the challenges facing Maine’s small business community because she’s dealt with them firsthand and has had to navigate the ever-changing landscape amid COVID-19. More importantly, Sen. Daughtry knows that rebuilding our communities and economy needs to go much further than going back to the way things were. It’s why she’s emerged as a champion in the Legislature for student debt relief, education funding and policies that bring young Mainers home to live, work and raise a family. As Assistant Senate Majority Leader, I’m confident that Sen. Daughtry is ready to roll up her sleeves, get to work and get our state back on track.”