Rep. Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, has been named as the Maine Council on Aging’s (MCOA) 2019 “Legislator of the Year.” The award recognizes the sustained efforts of legislative leaders who actively champion legislative initiatives that improve the health, safety and economic security of older Mainers. She shares the award with Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook.
“I am humbled by this award,” Fay said. “It means a great deal to me to receive this honor from the Maine Council on Aging.”
Fay is being recognized for her work building cooperation and coordination between agencies in developing aging policy and for her efforts to reframe how the Legislature deals with aging. Fay is House chair of the Legislature’s Aging Caucus and is also House chair of the Commission to Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues.
“I feel it is important to elevate the conversation about what it means to age well in Maine,” said Fay. “I will continue to work to improve how we treat Mainers as they age, and make sure they have the respect they deserve and the services they need.”
The MCOA is a network of more than 90 organizations, businesses, municipalities and older Mainers formed to address public policy concerns facing older adults in Maine. The award winners will be honored at the upcoming Maine Council on Aging Summit on September 24, 2019, at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.
Fay is serving her second term in the Maine Legislature and represents parts of Casco, Poland and Raymond. She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.