Governor Mills Appoints Former House Speaker Ryan Fecteau As Senior Advisor In ...

The speaker of Maine's House of Representatives is leaving his post to join Gov. Janet Mills' administration as a senior advisor for community development and strategic initiatives, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Ryan Fecteau, who served as speaker from 2020 to 2022, will work to develop innovative policy solutions in areas such as housing development and land use, as well as workforce, innovation, and economic opportunities.

"From developing landmark legislation to alleviate Maine's housing crunch to his efforts to strengthen the child care sector that working families rely on, Ryan Fecteau has lead the way on addressing the biggest challenges confronting Maine families and communities," Mills says in a press release.

As speaker, Fecteau sponsored significant housing and community development legislation, including the single largest affordable housing investment in Maine's history, the Maine Affordable Housing Tax Credit, and comprehensive legislation enacted in 2022 to advance affordable housing and housing-friendly zoning and land use regulations.

He also spearheaded legislation that invested in career and technical education, implemented a permanent child care worker wage stipend, and expanded dental coverage to more than 200,000 Maine people.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to build upon our successes in order to secure healthy and prosperous futures for hard working Mainers and their children," Fecteau says.

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