Volk currently serves as a state representative in the Maine Legislature where she has compiled an impressive record as a legislator and advocate for her constituents in Scarborough and for the entire state.
Recently, her bill on human trafficking received unanimous approval in committee. Voters may also remember Rep. Volk as one of the founding members of the bi-partisan tax reform group which became known as the “Gang of 11.” Volk is also a frequent attendee at the Legislature’s “Common Sense Caucus” which seeks to build bridges between the parties on certain issues.
“I believe the best work we do in the Legislature is the work we do together, taking the best ideas from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to come up with real workable solutions for the people of Maine,” Volk said in a press release.
Representative Volk serves as the minority lead on the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee and serves on the State Workforce Investment Board which aligns job training programs with employer needs . When Republicans were in the majority, she played a key role in passing long-needed updates to the state’s workers’ compensation program. As a result, Maine employers can expect to see a nearly eight percent reduction in workers compensation rates for this year, a savings of more than $15 million which represents the biggest decline in workers’ comp rates since 1998.
“We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for Maine families and businesses with lower unemployment, reduced health insurance costs and the significant decrease in workers’ compensation premiums. There are strong indications that the reforms we passed in the 125th Legislature will lead to more positive changes in the near future, “Volk said.
As a mother of four, education is very important to Rep. Volk and she has been a leader on student-centered initiatives. “As legislators, we need to keep the focus on our students. What they learn in school forms the foundation for their futures. Education is the key to success, and as a state senator I will continue to support legislation that puts students first.”
“The reason I am running for the Senate is simple: I believe Maine has an opportunity to become a destination for families and investors who share a love of the outdoors and natural beauty, but we must create a welcoming environment beyond the scenery. The possibilities are there, but we need strong, bold leadership and not the policies of the past. I bring an ability to listen to and work with others that has become rare in Augusta.” Volk said.
Volk is also very active in her local community, serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors of The Root Cellar in Portland, as Volunteer Board President of Maine Connections Academy, and as a member of the worship team at The Rock Church. She also volunteers for the Scarborough Cheering Club, and Scarborough Soccer and Softball Boosters, as well as the Southern Maine Flame travel softball team.
She and husband, Derek, live in Scarborough and have four children, including two young adults and two who are school age.