Rep. Jonathan Kinney
Rep. Jonathan Kinney is serving his third term in the Maine House, representing House District 22 – Buxton (part), Limerick (part), Limington and Standish (part)
Rep. Kinney is a graduate of Piscataquis Valley High School in Milo, Maine. He served 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Rep. Kinney earned the Meritorious Service Medal and 11 other decorations. Jon now owns and operates two small businesses.
Rep. Kinney is active in his community as a member of the Limington Historical Society, American Legion, Chief Petty Officers’ Association, and the National Rifle Association. He attends the Limington Orthodox Presbyterian Church and enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, and gunsmithing.
Jon and his wife of 30 years, Rena, reside in Limington and have two children, Cara and Hilary.
Rep. Kinney also served in the 126th Maine Legislature. He has been appointed to serve as the ranking House Republican on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for the 128th Legislature after serving in the same capacity on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee in the 127th Legislature.
Under Rep. Kinney’s leadership as the ranking House Republican on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, the Maine Legislature passed some historic and groundbreaking reforms to help honor Maine’s veterans primarily with the passage of LD 1612, a comprehensive package designed specifically to help our veterans. Included in this monumental piece of legislation:
- Tuition waivers for Maine National Guard members who choose to attend a school in the University of Maine system, Maine Community College System or the Maine Maritime Academy.
- Addresses homelessness among veterans by maximizing existing services, enhancing communication among providers and improving access to services that support permanent and stable housing for veterans.
- Increasing outreach to Maine’s veterans through marketing and by hiring two additional veterans service officers (VSO). Currently, Maine has 140,000 veterans, the largest population of veterans in the country, living here and roughly half of them have signed up for benefits through the VA.
- Requiring each campus of the University of Maine System to provide a significant number of student-veterans to include an office that provides assistance to those veterans to help them transition from military and help them succeed while attending college.
- Funding required for these reforms comes partially from existing resources in the form of $585,000 from the Gambling Control Board which currently has a $3.6 million surplus. The University of Maine has agreed to fund $2.5 million to pay for tuition waivers for Maine National Guard members.