Janice Ellen Cooper


Office Sought: Representative – District 47
Age: 70
Occupation: Attorney (retired); legislator
Education: Vassar College BA, Yale Law School JD, London School of Economics (Junior Yr.)
Family: Married, stepdaughter
Hometown: Yarmouth

Political experience

I worked for almost two decades for the U.S. House of Representatives, first as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee and then as Special Assistant to Congressman Tom Allen in his Portland, ME district office.

Why are you running for office?

I am devoted to the communities I represent (Yarmouth, Chebeague and Long Islands) and to the State of Maine. I want to preserve Maine’s natural beauty and strong community bonds. To improve opportunities for all, I believe we need to make quality education available to all students, not just those in well-to-do areas, and make post secondary education affordable for all. We must make health care more accessible and affordable. Our tax code places too heavy a burden on middle income residents. I believe my first responsibility as a representative is to listen to my constituents and to try to respond to their concerns. I believe I play a unique role in the legislature because I am not afraid to speak out on unpopular but important issues.


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