Emily Ann Cain, the Maine House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader, will spend the day at the University of Maine on Tuesday, Dec. 6 as part of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Program. Cain is a UMaine graduate and current graduate student who represents House District 19, which includes part of Orono.
She will meet with students, faculty members and staff members during the day-long program, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. visit to UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s offshore wind laboratory. Cain will also speak to three classes and visit a series of research laboratories and outreach centers. The day will end with a 4 p.m. reception hosted by UMaine President Paul Ferguson in Fogler Library’s University Club. Reporters interested in the full schedule should call 581-3743.
The Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows Program, which began in the spring of 2006, brings Maine elected officials and senior policymakers to UMaine for intensive one-day programs through which they can learn more about UMaine, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and the work of the university’s faculty members and students. It is also intended to provide opportunities for UMaine students to have access to high-level public officials, through whom they can learn more about government and the development of public policy.
Cain is serving her fourth term in the Maine House, having been elected in 2004 at the age of 24. She is the youngest woman to serve as minority floor leader in the Maine House, following service in the last legislative session as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. A Maine resident since the age of 18, Cain was born in Kentucky. She has also lived in Illinois and New Jersey. In addition to her legislative service, Cain works part-time as Coordinator of Advancement in UMaine’s Honors College.
Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3743