AUGUSTA –  Members of Maine’s Democratic Party met in Augusta today where they elected 33-year-old Benjamin K. Grant of Portland to serve as party chairman.

Grant is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and is employed as an attorney at McTeague Higbee in Topsham, where he practices labor and employment law.

Prior to joining the law firm, Grant was an aide to Senate presidents Beth Edmonds and Beverly Daggett. He served as the director of the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee during the 2004 election cycle.

He is a native of Merrimack, N.H., but has Maine roots. His father, Clair, is from Millinocket and his mother, Joan, was born in Bar Harbor. She grew up in Bangor.

Grant will succeed John A. Knutson of Brooklin as party chair. Knutson chose not to seek re-election.