Libby Mitchell retiring from politics

Posted Nov. 08, 2010, at 9:52 a.m.
Maine Democrat gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell  speaks in Waterville, Maine. Mitchell announced her retirement from politics yesterday. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)
Maine Democrat gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell speaks in Waterville, Maine. Mitchell announced her retirement from politics yesterday. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Longtime Democratic legislator Libby Mitchell says she’s getting out of politics following last week’s gubernatorial election in which she finished a distant third.

The 70-year-old Mitchell tells the Kennebec Journal she’s retiring from politics and won’t become a lobbyist, but will stay involved in issues she cares about.

Mitchell was first elected to Maine’s House of Representatives in 1974. She later gained the distinction of being the first woman in America to serve as a legislative House speaker and Senate president.

Mitchell, who lives in Vassalboro, says she will return to her husband’s law firm where she will put her law degree to use.

Mitchell got 19 percent of the vote in last week’s gubernatorial election won by Republican Paul LePage.

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