Senate confirms 9 of governor’s cabinet nominees

January 31, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have confirmed nine of the new governor’s cabinet nominees.

The Senate Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ picks to lead the state’s financial, transportation, labor and economic development agencies.

Those lawmakers also confirmed the new heads of Maine’s wildlife, marine resources, environmental protection, and emergency management agencies, as well as the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Those nominees received unanimous committee votes in their favor this week.

Jerry Reid said he’d build trust with Maine tribes who criticized his nomination for environmental protection commissioner.

Lawmakers planned to hold hearings on five remaining nominees Thursday and Friday. Gun rights groups are criticizing the gun policy views of Mills’ pick for public safety commissioner, Mike Sauschuck.

A legislative committee is set to consider Mills’ nomination for agriculture commissioner Feb. 14.

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