Governor Paul LePage - News

Press releases issued by the Governor's office.
  1. For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 13, 2018 Contact: Peter Steele, communications director, 207-286-5086

    AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Steven McGrath, director of the Governor's Energy Office, will step down effective September 14, 2018.

    McGrath has worked alongside Governor LePage as head of the Governor's Energy Office since August, 2017. In this role he was responsible for moving the Governor's agenda forward through the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee and for being a point of contact for the many energy, utilities and technology companies in Maine.

    "Under Steve's leadership, the Energy Office has led our efforts to increase access to energy and to reduce energy costs for the people of Maine," said Governor LePage. "Steve has worked with the Legislature, within the Administration and with private industry to help us achieve those goals. I thank him for his service to the people of Maine, and I wish him the best."

    "I have enjoyed working with Governor LePage, and I am grateful for the opportunity he offered me to serve the people of Maine," said McGrath. "The many positive experiences I have had over the last year have helped me grow professionally, grow as a person and grow as a citizen. I leave knowing that the state is in capable hands, and I wish the Governor and the many talented and dedicated people with whom I have worked every success."

    McGrath led the state government's efforts to assist Mainers during the oil and propane distribution crisis of December 2017 through January 2018 caused by the sustained polar vortex. In anticipation of the 2018-19 winter, he has coordinated with other state agencies and propane distributors to develop a roadmap of key contacts, as well as critical propane distribution centers and railroads.

    He met with every natural gas pipeline company and local distribution company to assess ways to bring more natural gas into the state.

    McGrath is a seasoned corporate financial expert, holding an MBA in Finance from New York University, and is a Certified Management Accountant. He is the past Chief Financial Officer of Downeast Energy Corporation and the past CEO of Greystone Advisors, a management and financial advisory company.

    Angela Monroe, who has served as deputy director of the Governor's Energy Office, will now serve as director of the office.
  2. For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Contact: Peter A. Steele, communications director, (207) 287-5086

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Bureau of Veterans' Services Director Adria Horn will leave state service effective September 14.

    "Adria has significantly raised the profile of our veterans' programs during her time with the bureau," said Governor LePage. "She has improved the operations of BVS and set a high standard of customer service to ensure that our veterans are treated with the respect they deserve and receive the benefits they have earned. I thank her for her leadership and wish her well in her new position."

    Maine has a rich tradition of military service. More than 300,000 Mainers have been affected by service, whether as a veteran, retiree, family member, National Guard, reserve or active duty personnel. Many veterans have returned home to become community leaders and advocates for other veterans.

    "It has been both a privilege and a gift to work on behalf of Maine veterans and their families," Horn said. "Over the last three years, the bureau has not only created stronger partnerships throughout Maine's veteran advocacy community, but we've also formed invaluable relationships across the nation. Maine is now considered a thought leader on veterans' issues, and our programs have become models of best practices throughout the country. Our success has been made possible due to the incredibly compassionate and dedicated staff within the bureau. For that, I will always be grateful."

    Horn will join the private sector as Tilson Technology Management's vice president of workforce development.

    She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2001 and served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army until 2011. Horn deployed five times in support of the Global War on Terror and is now a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Upon leaving active duty, she earned her MBA from Northeastern University and began working for U.S. Senator Susan Collins in her Portland office. Appointed by Governor LePage, she has been serving as the director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services since April 2015.

    Governor LePage will appoint David Richmond, deputy director of BVS, as acting director after Horn completes her state service.

  3. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Contact: Peter Steele, communications director, 207-286-5086

    AUGUSTA-Governor LePage has announced a nomination for District Court Judge and a nomination for Superior Court Justice.

    Governor LePage has nominated John W. Martin for District Court Judge.

    John W. Martin of Skowhegan is the sole practitioner of his general law office based in Skowhegan. Prior to opening his own practice in 2007, Martin was an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Michael A. Wiers for two years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Maine School of Law.

    Governor LePage has re-nominated John H. O'Neil, Jr. of Kennebunk to serve as a Justice on the Superior Court.

    Appointed to the Superior Court in 2011 by Governor LePage, Justice O'Neil was initially appointed to the District Court in 2007. Prior to becoming a judge, he was in private practice as a trial lawyer at Smith, Elliott, Smith, & Garmey, P.A. in Saco for nearly 20 years. Before going into private practice, O'Neil was an Assistant District Attorney in York County. He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

    Judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate. The Committee will schedule public hearings.
  4. For Immediate Release: Sunday, August 26, 2018 Contact: Peter Steele, Communications Director, 207-287-5086, peter.a.steele@maine.gov

    AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage is resting comfortably at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after experiencing discomfort on Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick.

    After feeling some discomfort on Saturday evening, the Governor went to a hospital in New Brunswick. He was accompanied by First Lady Ann LePage. After a thorough examination, he was taken by ambulance to Presque Isle. The Governor was in good spirits while in the ambulance. He was then transported to EMMC in Bangor, arriving around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    Doctors said he is very strong and healthy. But they are keeping him in the hospital overnight for further observation. The Governor is stable and is expected to make a full recovery.
  5. Contact: Barbara Claudel, (207) 624-7500 For Immediate Release: Monday, August 13, 2018

    AUGUSTA--First Lady Ann LePage will host her eighth-annual Military Families Ice Cream Social on the Blaine House Lawn on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is open to currently serving Military Families and Gold Star Families.

    The social is a "Back to School" event, at which each child will receive free school supplies, thanks to Operation Homefront and community members through sales at the Dollar Store. This event is free of charge and open to Maine military families of any age and any branch of service. Guests are encouraged to wear play clothes and join in a variety of lawn games with the First Lady while they enjoy their ice cream.

    "Maine's military service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices on behalf of all of us," said Mrs. LePage. "The ice cream social has been a highlight of my summer for the past several years and one I will miss. Seeing the smiling faces, meeting families and watching them connect with other military families brings me great joy and this, combined with ice cream and free school supplies, makes it an awesome evening for all!"

    To attend, please contact the Maine National Guard Family Program office at 430-5773/5953.