Rep. Ken Fredette
House Republican Leader
Rep. Kenneth Fredette is serving his third term as the House Republican Leader. He represents House District 25, which includes Newport, Corinna, Plymouth, Etna and Dixmont. Rep. Fredette lives in Newport and has two children, Morgan and Colby.
Rep. Fredette’s education is extensive. He graduated valedictorian from East Grand High School in Danforth. He earned a B.S. in Accounting at the University of Maine at Machias, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Government Finance from USM’s Edmund Muskie School for Public Service, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Rep. Fredette is a member of the Maine Air National Guard and has served for twelve years as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). Currently an attorney in private practice, he has also taught at Eastern and Southern Maine Community Colleges.
During his freshman term in the 125th Legislature, Rep. Fredette pulled double duty on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Elections. Rep. Fredette also represents RSU 19.
Prior to being elected to the Maine Legislature in 2010, Rep. Fredette was nominated to the Human Rights Commission by Gov. Baldacci and approved by the Maine Senate. He is also a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Masons and the Knights of Columbus, and is past President/Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union.
Rep. Fredette enjoys hunting.
Bills sponsored by Rep. Fredette during the 127th Maine Legislature: (Not all bills have become law)
LD 326 – “”An Act To Prohibit the Unauthorized Distribution of Certain Private Images” – (Also known as the “Revenge Porn Law”) This bill prohibits a person from intentionally displaying, distributing or offering a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording of another person in a state of nudity or engaged in a sexual act if that person knows or should have known that the depicted person is 18 years of age or older, is identifiable and has not consented to the disclosure. A violation of this prohibition is a Class D crime.
Hear Rep. Fredette’s interview on the George Hale-Ric Tyler Show this week regarding LR 326 – “An Act To Prohibit the Unauthorized Distribution of Certain Private Images.”
LD 1343 – “An Act To Increase Access to Postsecondary Education for Maine National Guard Members” – This bill provides for a tuition waiver for 100% of tuition costs at any state postsecondary education institution for qualified members of the Maine National Guard. This waiver applies to schools in the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Community College System or any other college or university system established as a public instrumentality of this State.
LD 1414 – “An Act Regarding the Disposition of Certain Funds Received by the Attorney General Pursuant to a Court Order or Settlement” – This bill provides that when, pursuant to a court order or settlement, the Attorney General receives money on behalf of the State that is specifically designated for antitrust enforcement or for enforcement of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Attorney General may make a request to the State Budget Officer for reimbursement for costs incurred by the Attorney General in connection with that court order or settlement.
LD 1367 – “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Eliminate the Income Tax” – This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the Legislature, beginning January 1, 2020, from enacting or imposing a tax upon the income of persons in this State and to prohibit the State from levying or collecting such a tax for any period beginning on or after January 1, 2020.
LD 1257 – “Resolve, To Make Home Heat Pumps Affordable” – This resolve allows the Public Utilities Commission to authorize a transmission and distribution utility to purchase heat pumps for consumer use and offer special discounted electric rates or other assistance to make heat pumps more accessible to residents of the State.
LD 1002 – “An Act Regarding the Electronic Monitoring Program” – This bill includes a General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and fiscal year 2016-17 for the State Board of Corrections to fund the increased use of electronic monitoring.