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Janet Trafton Mills Biography

Janet Trafton Mills

Janet Trafton Mills is a democrat, an attorney, and a politician who served in the Maine House of Representatives and also served as Maine’s attorney general for two terms. She’s currently serving as the 75th but first female governor of Maine.

Janet is running for re-election for Governor of Maine in November 2022 after she won the party’s no-opposition primary in June. In her political history as well as state’s history, Mills has won more votes than any other governor in Maine. She’s also the first governor since 1966 to win a majority of the vote for her first term.

We believe that she’s optimistic to replicate a similar feat in the forthcoming election. Here is a brief biography of Janet Trafton Mills:

Full NameJanet Trafton Mills
Age75 years old
Political PartyDemocratic
HometownFarmington, Maine
ProfessionAttorney & politician
Twitter@JanetMillsforME
FacebookJanet Mills

Janet Trafton Mills Early Life

Janet Trafton Mills Biography
Janet Trafton Mills Biography

Janet T. Mills was born on December 30, 1947, in Farmington, Maine. Her parents are Sumner Peter Mills Jr. and Katherine Louise. Her mother was a schoolteacher while her father was a lawyer who also served as US Attorney for Maine in the 1950s. She’s the eldest of four children – Peter Mills, Dora Anne Mills, and Paul Mills.

During her teenage, Janet spent almost a year bedridden in a full-body cast because she suffered from severe scoliosis. The scoliosis was later corrected surgically. Janet learned the value of hard work at an early age, venturing out early every morning to deliver newspapers along her route and serving meals in the evening at the local diner.

Janet still lives in Farmington, Maine today and she’s currently 75 years old.

Janet Trafton Mills Education

In 1965, Janet graduated from Farmington High School. She attended Colby College briefly before moving to San Francisco, where she worked as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital

Janet later enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston. During her time at the University of Massachusetts, Janet traveled through Western Europe and became fluent in French. In 1970, Janet graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.

In 1973, Janet attended the University of Maine School of Law. She graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1976 and was called to the bar.

Janet Trafton Mills Family

In 1985, Janet married Stanley Kuklinski, a widower, and real estate developer. She had five stepdaughters and three stepgrandsons and two stepgranddaughters. She was married for 29 years before Stanley died of a stroke on September 24, 2014.

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Janet Trafton Mills Career

Janet Trafton Mills Biography
Janet Trafton Mills Biography

There was no record that Janet ran her private business. She first entered public service as an Assistant Attorney General between 1976 and 1980. She prosecuted homicides and other major crimes.

In 1980, she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties. This makes her the first woman District Attorney in New England. She was re-elected to the same position three times.

Between 1995 and 2008, Janet practiced law with her brother, former State Senator S. Peter Mills, in Skowhegan. In 2002, Janet was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. During this time, she served on the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Criminal Justice, and Public Safety Committee.

In December 2008, she was elected by the Joint Convention of the Legislature to be Maine’s 55th Attorney General, making her the first woman Attorney General in Maine.  When her tenure ended in 2010, she wasn’t re-elected because the Republicans gained control of the Maine legislature.

In January 2011, she was elected vice chair of the Maine Democratic Party. In February 2011, she served as a lawyer with the Litigation Group of Preti Flaherty, LLP. She also taught Criminal Law at the University of Maine Augusta.

In December 2012 after Democrats regained control of the legislature, Janet was elected again as Attorney General. In December 2014, she was re-elected to her second consecutive term. As Attorney General, Janet worked with homeowners, lenders, and attorneys to implement the National Mortgage Settlement in Maine.

On July 10, 2017, Janet announced her intention to run as governor of Maine in the 2018 elections. She won the primary in June. In the general election, Janet floored Shawn Moody, Terry Hayes, and Alan Caron to become Maine’s first female governor on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Janet has announced that she’s seeking re-election in 2022. She faced no opposition during the primaries and emerged as the party’s nominee. However, she’ll be facing Independent Sam Hunkler and especially Republican Paul LePage, who also was a two-term former governor and had no opposition in his party’s primary.

Being the only woman in the race with an opponent who had once been in her shoe, one can’t just imagine how the pragmatic, problem-solver Janet will retain the gubernatorial seat.

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