Janet Trafton Mills was sworn in as the 75th Governor of Maine on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Janet was born and raised in Farmington, Maine, where she still proudly lives today. She graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the University of Maine School of Law.
In 1985, she met and married the love of her life, her husband, Stan Kuklinski, a widower with five young daughters ages four to sixteen. Janet and Stan moved back to Farmington, and she became a full-time mom to five daughters who she helped raise while working full-time herself. She is now the proud grandmother to three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Janet first entered public service as an assistant attorney general, where she prosecuted homicides and other major crimes. After a few years, she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, making her the first woman to be elected as a DA in New England. Committed to helping victims of domestic violence, Janet co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby to advocate for battered and abused women, and won election to the Maine House of Representatives in 2002.
Prior to becoming governor, Janet served as the Attorney General of Maine – the first and only woman to hold the job. Janet is also the first woman to serve as governor of Maine. In her historic victory, she earned more votes than any governor in state history and is the first governor since 1966 to win a majority of the vote for her first term.
As Governor, she has expanded access to health care, ramped up the state’s response to the opioid epidemic, ushered in policies to embrace clean, renewable energy, invested in our education system, prioritized paying off the state’s debt to the federal government, and added to the Rainy Day Fund. She also launched the creation of a long-term strategic economic development plan to diversify our economy and attract entrepreneurs, innovators, small business owners and young people to live and work in Maine.