Rick Bennett, a Maine native, is currently Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and Vice Chairman of GMI Ratings, a globally recognized investment research firm headquartered in Portland, Maine, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. For the last twelve years, Rick has also served on the board of directors of GWI, the 60-plus-person telecom company and internet service provider based in Biddeford, Maine, where he has helped that business adapt and grow in a volatile, fast-moving market.
Throughout his earlier 12 years of public service, Rick was a reformer and staunch advocate for fiscal discipline, balanced budgets, restraints on borrowing, term limits, and governmental accountability. A former President of the Maine Senate, Rick represented western Maine for four terms in the Maine Senate, from 1996 to 2004. From 1990 to 1994 he served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In 1994 he won a four-way primary to become the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Maine’s second district.
Rick was elected Chairman of the Maine Republican Party in July 2013. He has a long and dedicated history in the GOP, including roles as Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party. He was elected to a four-year term as Maine’s Republican National Committeeman in May 2008. He has twice served as Chairman of the Maine Republican State Convention, and he has worked on numerous campaigns beginning with President Reagan’s re-election in 1984 to many others at the state and local levels.
As a business leader, Rick has received many recognitions from around the globe. In December 2010 Rick Bennett was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the “10 people around the world who had the most impact of corporate governance in the previous year”. And since 2008 he has been recognized annually by Directorship magazine in its list of the 100 “most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.” Rick’s work has been cited in numerous publications including Business Week, USA Today, Fortune, The Daily Deal, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal. Rick has spoken publicly about corporate accountability issues at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Columbia University, the USC Marshall School of Business and The Conference Board, among other institutions. Additionally, Rick is a non-executive director of Trucost plc, an environmental data firm, and since 2009 he has been annually elected to the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Since completing his public service, Rick served for several years on the board of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and since 2010 Rick has been a trustee of Hebron Academy. In 2005 Rick was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, on which he served until 2009. He is a fellow with the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, was delegate to the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions, and participated as an observer to the national election in Macedonia in 2002.
Rick received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1986 and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000. At home, he farms Christmas trees, and enjoys long-distance running, having completed six marathons and two ultramarathons. He lives in Oxford, Maine, with his wife Karen and two teenage children, Abby and Nathaniel, and one dog, two cats and two horses.
Ashley Ryan was elected at the National Committeewoman from Maine in May 2012. As a third-generation Republican, Ashley's family is rooted in the wonderful traditions of the Maine Republican Party. Her grandmother, Nancy Ryan, a long-time activist with the Maine GOP, imparted Ashley with a sense of tradition and respect. Her father, Lewis Ryan, served in the Maine Army Reserves and fought for our country in Operation Desert Storm. He taught Ashley a sense of duty and what it means to serve a cause greater than yourself.
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).