AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage announced the appointment of Madeline Malisa as his deputy counsel and senior policy adviser Thursday.

Madeline Malisa, in a photo posted on her Twitter account.

Malisa, a Portland attorney, will be replacing former LePage adviser John Butera, who was approved by the state Senate in June to be the commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor after he was nominated by LePage.

As a senior policy adviser, Malisa will counsel LePage on a variety of policy areas, including regulations and legislation related to labor, workers’ compensation and professional and financial licensing and oversight, a release from LePage’s office said.

“I’m pleased that Madeline has joined our team, and I expect her to be instrumental in continuing the good work and planning further reforms at the Maine Department of Labor, Department of Professional and Financial Regulations and Workers’ Compensation Board,” LePage said in a prepared statement.

Prior to joining LePage’s team, Malisa practiced law in Portland as a civil litigator. Her expertise included insurance defense, workers’ compensation and family law.

She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Maine School of Law.

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