DEXTER - Senator Paul T. Davis, Sr. (R-Sangerville) was elected Senate Republican Leader by his colleagues during a GOP caucus held at Republican Party headquarters in Hallowell on Tuesday. Senator Davis was unopposed for the leadership position and was unanimously elected by his colleagues in the 121st Maine Senate.
Senator Davis said that being elected to this leadership post would enable him to better represent the citizens of Senate District 8. "It's an honor to have a leadership role in the Maine Senate," Senator Davis said. "I will continue my hard work on behalf of the people of District 8 as leader of the Maine Senate Republicans."
Senator Davis is a retired State Trooper from Piscataquis County who has won three Senate campaigns. He was unopposed for re-election in November. He is a former member of the Criminal Justice and State and Local Government Committees. In the 120th Legislature, he served as Assistant Republican Floor Leader. As Senate GOP leader, Senator Davis will occupy a seat on the prestigious Legislative Council, which has authority over operation of the Legislature, including approval of bills for introduction and administrative and personnel matters within the separate control of the House or the Senate.
"Senator Davis has distinguished himself in the Senate during his previous two terms. He is a strong voice for the people of District 8, and will fight to hold down state spending and taxing," said Senate President Rick Bennett (R-Norway). "He has earned bipartisan respect and will be an important part of our leadership team."
Senator Davis will help to lead the caucus along with Assistant Republican Floor Leader Chandler Woodcock (R-Farmington), who was also elected to leadership Tuesday.
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