Senator Rick Bennett is a Maine native and has family roots in Oxford County going back over two centuries.
Rick, a former President of the Maine Senate, has 14 earlier years of public service in the Senate and House, where he earned a reputation as a reformer and staunch advocate for fiscal discipline, balanced budgets, term limits, governmental accountability, and Maine’s precious outdoors heritage. Rick was also instrumental in the creation of the Maine University and Community College Center in South Paris in 2002 and the Western Maine Veterans Home in 1993.
Rick was newly elected in 2020. Rick earlier represented western Maine for four terms in the Maine Senate, from 1996 to 2004. In 2000 with a partisan tie in the Maine Senate that many said would mean gridlock, he was unanimously elected as President of the Senate in a unique power-sharing agreement that gave a voice to every member, regardless of party. From 1990 to 1994 he served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives.
As a business innovator, Rick has led the turn-around of several Maine-based enterprises.
Rick served for several years on the boards of the Maine Heritage Policy Center and the Maine Conservation Voters. From 2010 to 2019 Rick was a trustee of Hebron Academy. In 2005 Rick was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, on which he served until 2009.
Rick received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1986 and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000. He is an active member of the First Congregational Church of South Paris and currently leads the Church Council. At home, he enjoys long-distance running, having completed thirteen marathons and two ultramarathons. He lives in Oxford, Maine, with his wife Karen, who works in the community as a home health therapist. Together they have two adult children, Abby and Nathaniel, and one dog and one cat.