A trailblazing champion for Maine working families
Janet Mills is an experienced leader and an outstanding public servant who ran for governor of Maine to expand economic opportunity. A lifelong Mainer, Janet currently serves as the state’s attorney general and is a tireless champion for Maine working families. She grew up in a rural community, and began delivering newspapers at the age of six and as a teenager waited tables at a local diner. After graduating from college and earning her law degree at the University of Maine School of Law, Janet began her career as an advocate for Mainers. She prosecuted major crimes as an assistant attorney general, and co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby to give vulnerable women who had survived domestic violence a powerful voice in the state legislature. When Janet stepped up to run for office for the first time, she made history as the first woman to serve as a district attorney in all of New England. She went on to successfully run for the Maine House of Representatives, and served as a powerful champion for Maine working families. Janet became Maine’s Attorney General in 2008 and is the first woman ever to hold that office. She lives in Farmington, where she and her late husband Stan raised five daughters. Janet is a proud grandmother of four, and is fighting to increase opportunity so that all Mainers and their communities can thrive in tomorrow’s economy.
A fighter working to expand economic opportunity
Janet has dedicated her career to fighting for hardworking Mainers, and as governor she will continue fighting to expand economic opportunity for all and to help create good-paying jobs across the state. After the economic crisis of 2008, Janet successfully sued the financial ratings company Standard and Poor’s on behalf of Maine working families — holding Wall Street accountable and winning settlement money to fund programs that helped Mainers avoid foreclosure. Janet fearlessly took on special interests to bring justice to Mainers. When former Republican Governor Paul LePage failed to take action as the opioid crisis devastated Maine families and communities with overdoses claiming on average one life each day in the state, Janet took action as attorney general. She successfully sued drug companies for lying about their dangerous products, and used settlement funds to purchase life-saving Narcan to distribute to police officers around the state. Janet even personally drove shipments to police stations in rural communities like the one where she grew up to ensure that first responders were equipped to save more lives. As governor, Janet will fight to increase access to health care and she will lead communities out of crisis and into a future where all Mainers have the opportunity to thrive.
A successful fight to flip a governorship
Janet won an open governorship as incumbent Republican Governor Paul LePage faced term limits. She is an experienced and effective leader — and she has what it takes to undo the damage that LePage’s failed agenda has done to Maine’s working families, and to put an end to the constant scandals that have plagued the governor’s office in recent years. As Maine’s next governor, Janet will play a crucial part in the redistricting process and she will be uniquely positioned to ensure that women and families’ voices are heard in the halls of power. Janet’s victory will have serious implications in this swing state and beyond. Maine had never before elected a woman governor, and Janet is the first. Women remain underrepresented in these powerful executive leadership positions, and as governor Janet will fight for Mainers as Donald Trump and his allies advance a dangerous agenda in Washington. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support Janet in in the fight for Maine working families.