Augusta – Rep. Lester Ordway (R) of Standish and Rep. Matt Harrington (R) of Springvale, the two newest members of the Maine House of Representatives, were sworn in this morning by Governor Paul LePage during a brief ceremony in the Cabinet Room at the Maine State House.
Rep. Ordway won the special election held in Standish last month and will begin serving the people of House District 23 immediately.
“I am honored to represent the people of Standish,” said Rep. Ordway. “This was a team effort from start to finish and now that the election is over I’m ready to get to work. House Republicans have led the way on a number of initiatives but we still have a lot of work to do to get Maine on the right path.”
Rep. Matt Harrington of Springvale was declared the winner of the special election held in Sanford last month.
“It’s an honor to represent the people of House District 19, a responsibility I take very seriously. We have some critical issues that we need to address immediately including the drug crisis facing our state. This is an issue that simply can’t wait and we must act now to fight back against the drug traffickers who are bringing their poison across the border and into our state,” said Rep. Harrington.
“Lester Ordway and Matt Harrington are welcome additions to the House Republican team and the people they serve are fortunate to have them as representation in the Maine Legislature,” said House Republican Leader Rep. Fredette of Newport. “The results of these two special elections are more proof that the people of Maine are on board with the reforming of our state government and that is why they sent Rep. Ordway and Rep. Harrington to Augusta. Whether it’s welfare reform, tax reform or simply making government more efficient, the Maine people are sending the message that the status quo is no longer acceptable.”
“We are all thrilled to add Lester Ordway and Matt Harrington to our team,” said Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester. “They’re both eager to get to work serving the people of their districts. We have a lot of important work to do this session and Representatives Ordway and Harrington will be integral parts of the process.”
“Congratulations to Representatives Harrington and Ordway. Elected in areas typically represented by Democrats, there was great effort by these Republicans during the campaign and I expect that will continue,” said Governor Paul LePage. “What I am hearing is that they are ready to serve the people of Maine understanding what is important to the people who elected them, which ought to signal to the legislature that Mainers want common sense to prevail and policies that matter.”
Below are some photos from today’s swearing in ceremony: