On Tuesday afternoon, Democrat Susan Deschambault was sworn into office as the newest member of the Maine Senate, representing Senate District 32.
Sen. Deschambault was joined by family and friends in the governor’s Cabinet Room, where Gov. Paul LePage administered the oath of office shortly before 5 p.m. The swearing-in took place four days after Gov. LePage refused to swear in Sen. Deschambault at the scheduled swearing-in ceremony on Friday morning, April 1.
“I am honored to represent the communities of Senate District 32 in the Maine Senate,” said Sen. Deschambault. “I’m dedicated to using the time left this session to work with my new colleagues for the good of the folks back home who chose me to represent them in Augusta. I want to thank my fellow senators, on both sides of the aisle, for welcoming me so warmly. Now, let’s get to work.”
The senator will begin her duties in the Maine Senate immediately, and will be present and voting during this evening’s session.
“I’m excited to welcome Sen. Deschambault to the Maine Senate, where I know she will be a fierce advocate not only for her own constituents, but for all Maine people,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland. “Her experience in corrections will be invaluable as we seek a balanced, effective approach to fighting the drug crisis. The entire Senate is better off for having her. I only wish she’d been here sooner.”
Sen. Deschambault is a fourth-generation, lifelong Biddeford resident, who has served her community on the City Council, the Planning Board and the York County Budget Committee. She had a long a distinguished career for the Department of Corrections, where she worked as a social worker for 43 years. Sen. Deschambault also was the first woman elected Police Commissioner for the City of Biddeford.
Sen. Deschambault defeated Republican Stephen Martin in a special election held in Senate District 32 on March 29. She won the election with 57 percent of the vote.
The special election was called after former Sen. David Dutremble resigned his office for personal reasons. Senate District 32 includes the communities of Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman.
Sen. Deschambault has been assigned to serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.