The Honorable Maine Senate President Beverly Daggett of Augusta, a longtime civil servant and the first woman to serve as Maine's Senate President passed away today.
Beverly Daggett served five terms in the Maine House of Representatives before being elected to the Maine Senate in 1996. In 2002, she became Senate President, the first woman ever to hold the post.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree served with in the Maine Legislature.
"Bev was a wonderful colleague and I admired her ability to work across the aisle. She was key to developing a bipartisan power sharing arrangement when the Senate was evenly divided. As the first woman President of the Senate she broke down barriers and served as in inspiration to women and girls across the state. And Bev was deeply committed to the community she lived in—in addition to being a State Senator from Augusta, she served on the school board, she was a county commissioner and was always ready to volunteer to help out. She made Maine a better place we will miss her. My thoughts are with her husband Tom and her children during this sad time," wrote Pingree in a statement.
Most recently, Daggett was a Kennebec County Commissioner. She was also a member of the Manchester Grange, and the Green Street United Methodist Church, where she was a substitute organist. She leaves behind a husband, Tom, and three children.
"We lost an outstanding leader today. Our hearts go out to Bev's friends and family," said the current Maine State Senate President Justin Alfond. "Bev broke through barriers when she was elected Senate President. She was a champion for working people and a strong voice for the residents of Augusta. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered."