PITTSFIELD, Maine — Emily Cain, the Democratic leader of the Maine House of Representatives, will speak at Maine Central Institute at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Parks Gymnasium.
Cain’s visit to the MCI is part of the school’s Patterson Lecture Series. The talk will correspond with this year’s school theme of leadership.
“The path to leadership starts at an early age,” Cain, D-Orono, said in a press release. “The students at MCI have a unique opportunity to seek out those paths at a school that cultivates individuality and encourages self-confidence. It is my honor to share my personal experience with these future leaders.”
Cain, 31, of Orono has held a seat in the Maine House since 2004, and was elected to be the Democratic House Caucus leader for the 125th Legislature. She is the youngest female legislator to lead the minority part in the Maine House.
Cain served as the House chairwoman of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during the 124th Legislature, leading the charge to balance strong bipartisan budgets during the worst economic crisis in recent history.
In previous legislative sessions, Cain has served as a member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, the Joint Rules Committee, and as chairwoman of the 2006 Joint Select Committee on Research, Economic Development and the Innovation Economy. She has also served as chairwoman of the 2007 Appropriations Subcommittee on School District Reorganization.
Cain, who was born in Kentucky and grew up in Illinois and New Jersey before moving to Maine at age 18, holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Maine, and an master’s degree in higher education from Harvard University. She is in the process of working part-time toward a doctorate in higher education with a concentration in public policy from UMaine.