On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, was sworn into the Maine Senate. Miramant was elected to his fourth term in the Senate in November.

The Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Acting Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Miramant and 31 of his Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. He represents Senate District 12, which includes coastal Knox County.

“I’m honored to be back in Augusta, and I know there’s a lot of work ahead of us in the Legislature,” said Miramant. “The people of Maine are looking to us to get Maine back on its feet and on a path to prosperity. It’s a challenge I’m confident we’ll meet.”

After attending the University of Maine at Farmington, Miramant began a long career in aviation. As an airline pilot and captain, he learned to bring a crew together to accomplish complicated tasks. Those leadership skills would later serve him in the Legislature. During that time, he also connected with diverse groups of people all over the world, only to learn how similar we all are. He spent a lot of time listening to a broad range of perspectives.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony was held at the Augusta Civic Center to allow for greater physical distancing. A live stream of the event was made available to the general public, and can be viewed online at http://legislature.maine.gov/senate/.

Of the 34 members of the Maine Senate, there are 21 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Thirteen are women and 21 are men. There are 10 new members: Five have recently served in the House of Representatives and the other five have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-four members are incumbents.

The Legislature will reconvene at the start of the new year. Learn more about Miramant at www.mainesenate.org.