December 18, 2017
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H. Sawin Millett Jr. is a legend in Maine politics. Here are a few of his accomplishments.

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
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Sawin Millett

Early years

Bates College, Class of 1959

University of Maine, master’s degree in education, 1967

Teacher, coach and principal, Carmel High School, 1959-71

Founding director, Maine School Management Association, 1971

State service

Commissioner of education under independent Gov. James Longley, 1975-79

Commissioner of education under Democratic Gov. Joseph Brennan, 1979

Legislative director for Republican Gov. John McKernan, 1987-89

Commissioner of finance for McKernan, 1989-91

Commissioner for the newly created Department of Administrative and Financial Services under McKernan, 1991-95

Policy adviser, for independent Gov. Angus King, 1995

Associate commissioner, Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services under King, 1996-2000

Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, 2011-14

Elected service

Dixmont selectman, 1963-70

Waterford selectman, 1986-98

Maine House of Representatives, six terms, 1969-72 and 2002-10

2014 Maine Republican Party Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Distinguished Service Award, Maine Department of Agriculture


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