Margaret Craven is serving her third term in the Maine Senate. She represents Senate District 16 which consists of Lewiston. Senator Craven is currently the lead on the Health and Human Services Committee. In her first term, she served on the Appropriations Committee.

Outside of the Legislature, Senator Craven is a dedicated community activist. She has spent 12 years as a Hospice volunteer and serves on the boards of the Lewiston Public Library and Healthy Androscoggin and is a former member of the Community Concepts Board of Directors. She also serves as a guardian for persons with disabilities. She is especially interested in job development, long-term care, services for persons with developmental disabilities, early childhood intervention, and substance abuse prevention.

Senator Craven and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two grown sons, Walther Matthew and TJ, and grandparents of Finn Joseph Craven, Declan Matthew, and Joseph Collin. Senator Craven has lived in Lewiston for over 40 years.

SENATOR CRAVEN’S BILL TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage has signed into law a bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Margaret Craven of Lewiston to clarify Maine’s current historic preservation tax credit law. “I am thrilled that this bill has become law,” said Senator Craven.  “It will have a real impact on redeveloping the old mills of Lewiston and other...

NH-STYLE EXPANSION BILL APPROVED IN SENATE

Private Option provision moves forward   AUGUSTA— In a 19-14 vote, the Senate approved an amended version of a bill to increase access to health care with a private option component modeled after New Hampshire’s program. “I will support any reasonable compromise that brings health care to more Maine people,” said Senate Majority Leader Troy...

GOP SUSTAINS VETO OF BILL TO CANCEL TROUBLED MAINECARE RIDES CONTRACTS

AUGUSTA–In a vote of 20-15 Republican Senators sustained Governor LePage’s veto of a measure that would have prevented the Department of Health and Human Services from renewing contracts with the troubled MaineCare ride brokers. “For months, people have been left by the side of the road. The contractor that we are spending millions of dollars on...

SENATE REPUBLICANS SUSTAIN LEPAGE VETO, DENY HEALTHCARE TO 70,000 MAINERS

AUGUSTA—In a 22-13 vote, Senate Republicans sustained Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a Republican-sponsored compromise measure to accept federal funds to provide healthcare to 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. Overriding vetoes requires two-thirds, or 24 Senate votes. “Today, some Republicans engaged in a partisan stand-off,” said Senator John Cleveland of Auburn. “This was a reasonable compromise where...

SENATE PROTECTS SUCCESSFUL ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM

Dems defeats three harmful LePage proposals AUGUSTA—The Senate joined the House in defeating three bills which would have put up barriers for families in crisis to get help when they need it. The first measure debated was LD 1842 which would have eliminated the successful Parents as Scholars program, a program championed by Democrats and Republicans. It was defeated in the...

SENATE DEMS PASS MEASURE TO GO AFTER FRAUD CASES

Measure seeks to move beyond anecdotes and fight actual abuse AUGUSTA — In a vote of 21-14, the Maine Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would put pressure on the LePage administration to act on and fight fraud and misuse of public tax dollars. “The GOP had an opportunity today to back up...

MPBN: Maine Senate Sustains Homeless Shelter Bill Veto

Read more here The Democratic-led Senate voted 20-14 in favor of overturning the Republican governor’s veto on Wednesday, falling short of the two-thirds support necessary. AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers have failed to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill changing the funding formula for youth homeless shelters. The Democratic-led Senate voted 20-14...

SENATE OVERRIDES 9TH & 10TH LEPAGE VETOES

Senate Republicans sustain veto of bill to support youth homeless shelters AUGUSTA—The Maine Senate halted Governor LePage’s latest veto spree by overriding two out of Governor LePage’s three recent vetoes. With a total of 122 vetoes during his tenure, Governor LePage has now exceeded the number of vetoes by any other Governor, including the previous...

Portland Press Herald: Maine agency reviewing contradictions in document-shredding testimony

By Steve Mistler Read more here Some of the explanations for some of the things that were done make you ask, ‘Does that make sense?’ says one official. AUGUSTA — The state agency that’s investigating allegations that officials in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention destroyed public documents is reviewing contradictions and revelations...

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...

SENATE APPROVES BILL TO CANCEL CONTROVERSIAL ALEXANDER GROUP CONTRACT

$1 million contract irresponsible use of taxpayer money AUGUSTA—In a 21-14 vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would cancel the controversial Alexander Group contract. The $1 million no-bid contract was awarded to consultant Gary Alexander to study the value of healthcare expansion in Maine.  Alexander’s first report was a month late...

LEPAGE’S DANGEROUS WELFARE BILLS WON’T GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK

Public, experts warn LePage’s misguided policies pull rug out from struggling families   AUGUSTA –  In hours of testimony,  members of the public and anti-poverty experts warned against Governor Paul LePage’s misguided and dangerous welfare proposals that would pull the rug out from struggling families.   The message was delivered during a public hearing on...