Emily Cain is serving her first term in the Senate as the Senator for District 30 (Penobscot County) after serving four terms in the Maine House. Cain works as Coordinator of Advancement for the Honors College at the University of Maine and is working part-time towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in public policy from UMaine. Cain earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Education from the UMaine and her master’s degree in Higher Education from Harvard University. She was first elected to the House in 2004 at the age of 24.

While a member of the House, Cain focused on issues of economic development, access to affordable, high quality higher education, and breaking the cycle of domestic violence in Maine. Cain served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Committee, which she chaired in the 124th Legislature. In the prior session, Cain served as the Democratic Minority Leader, the youngest woman to hold that position in Maine history. She lives in Orono with her husband, the Hon. Daniel B. Williams, and their dog, Bartlet the pug.

LEGISLATURE’S BIPARTISAN BUDGET APPROVED

LePage has threatened to veto budget   AUGUSTA–The Maine Senate in a unanimous vote of 35-0 endorsed a $32 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. “This budget is a true testament to what can happen when lawmakers work together. In extraordinary circumstances members from both parties came together and said we will fulfill our...

SENATE APPROVES WOMEN’S HEALTH BILL

Measure provides critical health care to low-income women, saves state millions AUGUSTA—In a 24-10 vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a bill to increase access to essential healthcare services for low-income women. “A vote against this bill is a vote against every woman in Maine,” said Senator Margaret Craven of Lewiston, the Senate Chair...

Portland Press Herald: LePage defends Mayhew, silence on Maine CDC controversy

By Steve Mistler Read more here Gov. Paul LePage on Monday reiterated his support for health commissioner Mary Mayhew, calling her a “superstar” in his administration. LePage’s comments were delivered during a press conference to unveil his slate of welfare reform bills. Mayhew has been under fire amid a series of rolling controversies at the DHHS...

BILL STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BECOMES LAW

Law sponsored by Senator Cain takes effect immediately AUGUSTA— A bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Emily Cain of Orono to increase safety for victims of domestic violence became law yesterday with the signature of the Governor.   “Victims of domestic violence are now safer under Maine law because of this bipartisan effort,” said Senator Cain....

MPBN: Maine CDC Staffer: Mayhew Signed Off on Document Shredding

By AJ Higgins Read more here Maine Center for Disease Control staffers told members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee today that they were ordered two years ago to shred documents related to the selection of regional programs competing for $4.7 million in public health grants. And according to the center’s director and deputy director,...

Government Oversight Chairs Issue Statements on CDC Document Shredding Scandal

AUGUSTA — After nine months of investigation, senior officials at the Maine Centers for Disease Control directly confirmed, under subpoena, that they were ordered to destroy documents related to funding for local community health organizations.   Debra A. Wigand, the CDC’s director of public health, and Andrew Finch, senior program manager for Healthy Maine Partnerships,...

Portland Press Herald: Maine officials in document-shredding case want testimony kept secret

By Steve Mistler Read more here It would be a first for the Government Oversight Committee. Lawyers for DHHS say state officials could be more open during private hearings. AUGUSTA — State officials who have been subpoenaed by a legislative committee to explain the destruction of public documents justifying $4.7 million in public health grants could...

Lewiston Sun Journal: CDC officials in document-shredding probe want questions behind closed doors

By Lindsay Tice Read more here Five Maine Center for Disease Control officials subpoenaed to appearFriday before a legislative committee in a document-shredding probe have asked to be questioned behind closed doors. The Government Oversight Committee will vote on that request during the meeting Friday, then go into executive session if it passes. By state law, the...

BEHIND THE EXPANSION NUMBERS: CAIN TELLS THE PENOBSCOT COUNTY STORY

AUGUSTA—Democratic Senator Emily Cain of Orono shared a story of people living in her district who have been hurt by Maine’s failure to accept the federal deal to expand health care to 70,000 people, including 3,000 veterans. Senator Cain urged lawmakers to support the expansion compromise bill offered by Assistant Republican Minority Leader Roger Katz....

Bangor Daily News: Details on LePage plan to restore Maine’s rainy day fund emerge

By Scott Thistle Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — Details of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to restore about $21 million to Maine’s so-called “rainy day fund” were trickling out Thursday. LePage has said the state has to replenish the fund to at least $60 million in order to avoid a credit downgrade by Wall...

MPBN: Complaints Prompt Review of DHHS Day Care Licensing Division

By Patty Wight Read more here The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee today also voted to launch a review of the Department of Health and Human Services’ day care licensing division. The move comes after former DHHS social workers gave lawmakers documents that revealed the department’s failure to follow through on investigations of child care providers...

MPBN: Legislative Committee Seeks to Probe Maine Labor Department

By AJ Higgins Read more here Despite initial resistance from some Republican members, the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee has authorized a possible inquiry into the activities of the state Department of Labor. The action follows a federal investigation that found fault with Gov. Paul LePage and his political appointees for appearing to pressure labor hearing...