Dawn Hill is currently serving her second term as State Senator representing Eliot, Kittery, Ogunquit, South Berwick, and York. She is the Senate Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, the state’s budget writing committee.
In her first term in the Senate, Hill served as the Lead Democrat on the Appropriations Committee. She negotiated five balanced budgets during the session that were approved by 2/3 of both the Senate and the House. She also fought to secure state and federal funding for repair and replacement of Maine’s three gateway bridges, held the MTA (Maine Turnpike Authority) accountable to citizens, and shepherded legislation allowing Coast Bus lines to expand service in Senate District 1.
Prior to her time in the Senate, Hill served two terms in the Maine Legislature as Maine State Representative for District 149. She served on the Judiciary Committee and as the House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee, which directs the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) to conduct independent evaluations and investigations for government effectiveness. Hill served on the Right to Know Advisory Committee which oversees Maine’s freedom of access laws. Hill was also appointed by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley during the 123rd Legislature to serve on the Indigent Legal Services Study Commission.
During her first term in the House, Hill served on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, the House Ethics Committee and was House Chair of the Commission to Develop Strategies to Increase Post-secondary Access, Retention and Completion for Low-wage, Low-skilled Adults.
In May 2008, Hill graduated from the prestigious “Leadership Maine,” a program of the Maine Development Foundation in the Omicron Class.
Hill has extensive small and mid size business experience. She is the senior serving member of the board of directors for MMG Insurance of Presque Isle, Maine – a 100 plus year old Maine company. In her capacity as a board member she has served on the company’s compensation, investment, and governance committees.
In 1998, Hill founded It’s a Dog’s World, a large canine training and activity facility in southern Maine with more than 10 employees. She continues to oversee the direction and development of the business.
In the past, Hill has chaired the York Planning Board, York Historic District Commission, the Maine State Planning Office Critical Areas Advisory Board, and its Rare Plant Technical Advisory Committee She has also served on the York Land Trust.
Hill has resided in Cape Neddick, a part of York, since 1979. She graduated from West Virginia University Law School and practiced corporate and real estate law from 1980 to 1989 at her law firm in York. Hill is a licensed (inactive status) attorney in both Maine and West Virginia.