State Rep. Ellen Winchenbach, R-Waldoboro, was present for 97.6 percent of 456 roll call votes taken in the Maine House of Representatives during this year’s session in Augusta, according to data released by the House Clerk’s Office.

The first regular session of the 126th Legislature lasted from Dec. 5, 2012 to July 10.

“It’s an honor to be chosen by my neighbors to represent them at the state house,” said Winchenbach in a news release. “I truly look forward to every day that I get in my car and head to Augusta to take part in the democratic process.”

State lawmakers have many duties, including attending committee hearings, constituent services, and more. When a bill has been proposed and has made its way through the committee process, it is sent to the full House of Representatives, where lawmakers take a vote, or a “roll call,” to decide the bill’s fate.

Winchenbach represents House District 50, which includes Bremen, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, and part of Jefferson. She serves on the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee, which oversees the state’s Department of Labor and considers legislation related to workforce regulations and economic development.

“The number one thing on everyone’s mind right now is jobs,” said Winchenbach. “My focus has been on ensuring that workers and small business owners can do their jobs without too much government interference, and that the unemployed have a way to find work.”

During her first session as a lawmaker representing coastal Maine, Winchenbach also paid close attention to issues related to marine resources, sponsoring a bill to develop a consistent, statewide approach to the management of seaweed harvesting.

“Maine is the most beautiful state in the country, and that beauty complements our tourism — and fisheries-based economy,” added Winchenbach. “It’s important that we create jobs today while preserving our natural resources for tomorrow.”