Rep. Kathy Downes

Proudly Serving House District 130:

Bucksport & Orrington

Representative Kathy Downes is serving in her first term as a member of Maine’s House of Representatives.

After graduating from Bucksport High School, where she played basketball and softball, Kathy Downes went into the banking industry, initially with Brewer Savings Bank in 1979 and then with Maine Savings Bank. She lived in Gardiner about four years; while working for MSB, she attended Thomas College.

Then Downes transferred to Bucksport after gaining management status with Maine Savings Bank. She became the Bucksport town clerk in 1992 upon the retirement of former Town Clerk Joyce Johnson. Downes took courses over three years at the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute & Academy in Newport, Rhode Island and became a certified clerk of Maine.

Governor Angus S. King appointed Downes as dedimus justice in November 2001. In this capacity she swears in public officials, such as notaries public. Downes has had other appointments to state boards; she served on the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association Board of Directors and was the vice president of the Hancock County Clerks’ Association for many years.

Proudly serving on the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary

This Committee has jurisdiction over all new bills pertaining to the Judicial system organization and budget; criminal procedure; civil procedure; civil actions, including torts and medical malpractice; Maine Tort Claims Act; liability; immunity; claims against the State; child protection (with Health and Human Services); Family Law Advisory Commission; family law; domestic relations; child support; adoption; legal services; Maine Indigent Legal Services Commission; attorneys; Attorney General; District Attorneys; constitutional rights; abortion regulation and reproductive rights; civil rights; involuntary commitment and treatment; medical rights; human rights and discrimination; Maine Human Rights Commission; protection from harassment; protection from abuse; guardianship and conservatorship; probate law; Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission, Probate Code; Trust Code; foreclosure; property law; property rights; eminent domain; unclaimed property; business and nonprofit organizations; Uniform Commercial Code; laws relating to Maine’s Indian Tribes, including the Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement; Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission; freedom of access, confidentiality and privacy laws; statutory maintenance; and errors and inconsistencies.

Committee on State and Local Government

State government, including the Legislature, state property,  public purchasing and contracts, state agencies and government organization, state employment, oversight of state officials, periodic review of State Government Evaluation Act; Maine State Archives; administrative procedures, boards and commissions, state holidays and designations, and capitol area planning; county government, including regional planning, budget process and county officials; municipal and local government, including deorganization and consolidation, planning and regulation, land use; discontinued and abandoned roads and cemeteries.

Constituent Services

Congratulatory letters, Legislative Sentiments, flags flown over the Capitol, assistance with state departments, general comments or questions about legislative matters. 

Contact Information

Mail: 2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330

Email: Kathy.Downes@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Office: (207) 287-1440

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