AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) announced today that veteran state official Sawin Millett of Waterford will serve as an advisor on his staff as the Legislature begins work on a budget to fund state services through Fiscal Year 2019.
Millett’s service to the State of Maine is extensive and spans decades. Most recently, he was the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services under Governor Paul LePage. He has worked for five different governors, beginning with Governor James Longley, under whose administration he served as education commissioner. Governor John McKernan appointed Millett Commissioner of Finance. Later, Millett served as Associate Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services under Governor Angus King.
In addition to working for the executive branch, Millett was a member of the Maine House of Representatives where he served for 12 years.
Millett’s extensive experience in state government and ability to work with both sides of the aisle has earned him respect from Republicans, Democrats and Independents over the years.
Senate President Thibodeau said, “I could not be more thrilled to have Sawin Millett on our team. We have tremendous challenges in front of us over the next five months as we attempt to craft a biennial budget that will keep government services operating efficiently without raising the tax burden on Maine citizens. Without question, Sawin is an invaluable resource who will bring great benefits to legislative Republicans in the months ahead.”
Millett lives on his family farm in Waterford, and has also served his local community as a teacher, school principal, coach, selectman and moderator for town meetings.