Pres. Jackson thanks Sen. Libby for four years of thoughtful leadership

President Jackson with Sen. Libby and Sen. Vitelli shortly after they were nominated to serve in leadership positions at the 2018 Senate Democratic Caucus.

AUGUSTA – Today, Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, announced his plans to step down from his Senate Democratic Leadership position for the 130th Maine Legislature effective Monday, Feb. 1. Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic released the following statements thanking Sen. Libby for four years of service in legislative leadership.

Pres. Jackson:

“Since I returned to the Maine Senate in 2016, Sen. Nate Libby has been an extraordinary partner in leadership and has become a trusted ally. But more importantly, he’s become a great friend. Together with our caucus, we’ve fought to improve the lives of working Mainers, seniors, and small businesses all across the state both in the minority and majority. Serving in legislative leadership hasn’t always been easy but I could always count on Sen. Libby to bounce ideas off, come up with creative solutions and thoughtfully guide our caucus forward.

“From the beginning, Sen. Libby has given our caucus everything that he had. He’s been instrumental in growing our majority, mentoring new members, and shaping our agenda. While I’m truly sorry to see him step down from leadership, I’m excited for him as he embraces new opportunities to serve and deliver for his constituents.”

Sen. Vitelli: 

“Sen. Libby has been an incredible teacher and mentor in his role as Senate Majority Leader, and I’ve enjoyed working closely with him over the past two years to help Senate Democrats effectively fight for the solutions to the issues Mainers care most about. What I have most appreciated is his ability to think on his feet and always consider the long-term impact of an individual decision or action.

His depth of experience – from when he first worked for the Legislature as a member of chamber staff, to his years of service in the House of Representatives, to his several sessions as a member of Senate Leadership – has served the caucus and the people of Maine well.

“Sen. Libby cares so deeply about his district and has proven himself again and again to be an effective advocate for the people of Lewiston. I know he will continue to represent his community with the same dedication he always has throughout the 130th Legislature. It is with immense gratitude that I thank Sen. Libby for his service as Maine Senate Majority Leader.”

The Senate Democratic Caucus will elect a new majority leader at a caucus on Monday, Feb. 1.


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