Herbig sworn in as Waldo County senator

Dec 06, 2018
Erin Herbig holds her son Charles as she is sworn in as senator from Waldo County Dec. 5.

Augusta — Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig of Belfast was sworn into the Maine Senate Wednesday, Dec. 5. Sen. Herbig was elected to her first term in the Senate in November.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley administered the oath of office to Herbig and 33 of her Senate colleagues, all of whom have been elected to serve two-year terms. She represents the people of Waldo County in Senate District 11.

“Having grown up in Waldo County, I couldn’t be more honored or proud to represent my family, friends and neighbors in the Maine Senate,” said Sen. Herbig. “In my hometown of Belfast, we’ve experienced economic struggles with industries and workers leaving the state. But we’ve also been able to embrace new economic opportunities that have come our way. This session, I will continue to fight for an economy that both prioritizes our heritage industries and provides new industries with room to grow.”

A fifth-generation resident of Waldo County, Herbig is dedicated to making working and living in Maine easier for students and families. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, where she served four terms, including two as House chairman of the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, and one term as House majority leader.

Sen. Herbig lives in Belfast with her husband, attorney Joe Baiungo.

Of the 35 senators, there are 21 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Twelve are women and 23 are men. There are 13 new members: 11 have recently served in the House of Representatives and two have no previous legislative experience. Twenty-two members are incumbents.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Carrie Bacon | Dec 09, 2018 10:17

Congratulations, Erin!  As a proud conservative, I believe you are the right person for the job and will base your decisions on what is best for Belfast, Waldo County and our fair state!  Glad to see more women being elected as our voices and our concerns focus on how votes impact our families, our lives and our communities.

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