During the two years of the 126th Maine State Legislature, State Representative James Gillway (R-Searsport) was present for 96.8 percent of the roll call votes held in the Maine House of Representatives.

Throughout the 126th Maine State Legislature, 793 roll call votes were held on matters ranging from the state budget to welfare reform to hunting laws. One thousand eight hundred sixty five pieces of legislation were brought before lawmakers for consideration from January 2013 to May 2014.

“I’m honored that the citizens of my district elected me to serve as their voice in the House of Representatives, and being present to vote is a duty I take very seriously,” said Rep. Gillway. “Legislators have varied duties, including committee work, but ensuring that my constituents are represented on the many critical matters that come before lawmakers for a vote is my top priority.”

Rep. Gillway has served on the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Transportation since he was first elected to the House in 2010. Through his work on the committee, Rep. Gillway has been able to work closely on matters related to Maine’s infrastructure and overall transportation policy.

In addition to his work on the Transportation Committee, Rep. Gillway sponsored several pieces of legislation during the 126th Legislature including LD 1842, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.” The measure sought to eliminate exceptions to certain welfare work search requirements.

A former police chief, Rep. Gillway is currently the Searsport town manager.