Pursuant to the Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Section 2, "The House of Representatives shall consist of 151 members, to be elected by the qualified electors, and hold their office 2 years from the day next preceding the first Wednesday in December following the general election." There are approximately 8,797 people in each of the 151 House districts. The Maine House of Representatives also has three non-voting members representing the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.
Pursuant to the Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Section 4, "No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents. No person may be a candidate for election as a member of the House of Representatives unless, at the time of the nomination for placement on the primary, general or special election ballot, that person is a resident in the district which the candidate seeks to represent.
Pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Title 21-A, Chapter 8, Section 553, "A person may not serve more than 4 consecutive terms as a member of the state House of Representatives."
Pursuant to the Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Section 2, "The Legislature which convenes in 2013, and also the Legislature which convenes in 2021 and every 10th year thereafter, shall cause the State to be divided into districts for the choice of one Representative for each district." This means that the Legislature which convenes in 2021 will be responsible for developing a plan for reapportionment. If the Legislature fails to pass a plan within the required time, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is responsible for reapportioning the Legislature. The Legislature is reapportioned after each 10-year census so that each member of the House will represent approximately the same number of people.
Please send your questions and comments about the Maine House of Representatives to
Maine House of Representatives
2 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333