Demi Kouzounas, a graduate from University of Maine at Orono, graduated in 1981 from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She and her husband (Joseph G. Penna, DMD) then joined the U. S. Army, serving in the 86th Medical Detachment in Giessen, Germany from 1981-1984. They have practiced dentistry together for over 30 years and own two dental practices. Demi is very active in the community and provides a lot of volunteer service. She is one of the founders of Bright Smiles (a free children’s clinic in Portland) which has for the last 7 years seen children who may have newly immigrated or do not have MaineCare coverage. She also is the cofounder of ‘Dentists Who Care for ME’ which gives an annual day of free care. To date, the participating dentists have helped more than 3,500 patients and have donated more than $700,000 of free care. She has been involved in several dental organizations, including as a representative of the Greater Portland Dental Society, as a Pierre Fauchard Fellow, and as a fellow of the International College of Dentists in which she was the past deputy regent for Maine. She has also served as the president of the Maine Dental Association and has been very involved legislatively concerning access-to-care issues. She lives with her husband Joe in Saco, Maine, and have two grown children, Dr. Nichol Penna and Joseph W. Penna; and a son-in-law, Dr. Douglas Delli Colli.
Alexander R. Willette has served District 7 in the Maine House of Representatives since 2010. For the 126th Maine State Legislature he was elected by the House Republican caucus to serve as the Assistant Republican Leader. Elected to leadership at the age of 23, Rep. Willette is the youngest legislative leader in Maine History.
In addition to his legislative service, Rep. Willette has experience in real estate sales and accounting. He is a graduate of Presque Isle High School and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in May of 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. He is currently a third year law student, and he and his wife Melissa live in Mapleton.
Rep. Willette is involved in the community as a Master Mason with the Trinity lodge. He is also an Eagle Scout with Troop 170 in Mapleton and 171 in Presque Isle.
Paul LePage was sworn in as governor of Maine on January 5, 2011.The oldest son of eighteen children in an impoverished family, LePage left home at the age of eleven and lived on the streets for two years, making living shining shoes. At age 13, he was jointly adopted by two families who provided for him and gave him opportunities to work and put himself through school. LePage served as the mayor of Waterville, Maine. He has been the general manager of Marden’s Surplus and Salvage, a well-known retail institution, since 1996. And, he is also the head of LePage and Kasevich, a private consulting group. LePage graduated from the Husson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned an MBA from the University of Maine.
COLLINS, Susan Margaret, a Senator from Maine; born in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, December 7, 1952; graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 1975; worked for United States Senator William S. Cohen 1975-1987, serving as staff director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on the Oversight of Government Management 1981-1987; commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation 1987-1992; New England regional director, United States Small Business Administration 1992; served as deputy state treasurer of Massachusetts, 1993; won an eight-way Republican primary to become the first woman nominated for governor of Maine in 1994, but lost general election; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1996; reelected in 2002, 2008, and again in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021; chair, Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Eighth Congress), Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Ninth Congress); Special Committee on Aging (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
POLIQUIN, Bruce Lee, a Representative from Maine; born in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, November 1, 1953; graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire; A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1976; businessman; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 2010; state treasurer of Maine, 2010-2012; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).