Michael Thibodeau

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Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, delivered Thursday what he expects to be his last speech to this Senate.

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Hosted by Mal Leary, our panel shares its analysis of Governor LePage's final State of the State address (which he delivered on the evening of February 13).

Guests: Senate President Michael Thibodeau R- Winterport

House Speaker Sara Gideon D-Freeport

Maine Legislative Update

Feb 6, 2017

Maine’s Senate president and the Speaker of the House return to Maine Calling to discuss the latest news out of the legislature, including Thursday’s request for a “solemn occasion” on ranked-choice voting, Maine’s opiate crisis, and other legislative priorities.    

Guests: Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)

House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

Legislative Preview

Jan 3, 2017

Maine's legislative leaders join us to discuss the 2017 legislative agenda. 


Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau

House Speaker Sara Gideon  

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Michael Thibodeau of Winterport will serve as Maine Senate president.

Thibodeau was unanimously elected to the post Wednesday after Gov. Paul LePage administered the oath of office to the new Legislature. He served as Senate minority leader while Democrats controlled the chamber for the last two years.

Thibodeau said it's time to "finally act on some things that are long overdue," like "real and meaningful welfare reform." But he stressed that lawmakers must work together to get anything done in divided government.

Editor's note: The Bangor Daily News reports that Michael Carpenter withdrew his recount request. So although there were five such requests at the time this story aired, that number is now four.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Although there will be no recounts for any of the 151 seats in the Maine House, two more requests in the state Senate were filed before Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline. That brings the total number of contested Senate races to five.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine officials will do recounts in three tight races for spots in the state Senate.

The Maine secretary of state's office says that a recount has been requested in the race for Senate District 11, where Democrat Jonathan Fulford challenged incumbent Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. Unofficial results show Thibodeau winning by 115 votes.

A recount will also be done for Senate District 21. Unofficial results show Democrat Nathan Libby defeating Republican Patricia Gagne by 64 votes.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Republican from Winterport has been nominated to be president of the state Senate in Maine.

Sen. Michael Thibodeau was unanimously nominated by Republicans on Friday to lead the Senate, which is back in their party's control after they picked up five seats Tuesday. Pending some recounts, the Senate is expected to be made up of 20 Republicans and 15 Democrats.

Republicans also chose Sen. Garett Mason of Lisbon Falls to serve as majority leader and Andre Cushing of Hampden to become assistant majority leader.