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About Senator Lynn Bromley

Senator Lynn Bromley

 

Senator Lynn Bromley represents the people of Senate District 7, which includes the communities of South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and part of Scarborough. This is Lynn’s fourth term in the Senate.

In 2002 Senator Bromley was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development and continues to serve as chair of this committee in the 123rd legislature. Affordable housing is a key part of Senator Bromley’s economic development agenda. In 2004 Senator Bromley was proud to receive the Maine Association of Realtors’ “Service Award” for outstanding service in protecting homebuyers and home sellers in Maine and for supporting quality, affordable, housing for all Maine citizens.

Since her election to the Senate, Senator Bromley has become the legislative expert on sustainable economic development with the focus on sustaining and growing Maine’s small business economy, particularly innovation and entrepreneurship. She was recently named chair of the Joint Select Committee on Research and Development and the Innovation Economy.

Senator Bromley also chair the Maine Economic Growth Council and serves on the Council of State Governments Committee on Suggested Legislation, the Maine Substance Abuse Commission, and the Executive Committee of Jobs for Maine Graduates. She is also a current member of Planned Parenthood and the National Association of Social Workers. She was awarded the Merchants Association Government Service Award in 2005.

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS
• Small Business & Consumer Protection – Created the Maine Regulatory Fairness Board giving small businesses a voice in making regulations fair and efficient. She authored Maine’s identity theft prevention file freeze law.

• Health Care – The very first bill she introduced was LD1503 An Act to Make Health Care Affordable for Small Business. She supports the mission of Dirigo Health to provide good quality health care to Maine citizens and, preserved prescription drug coverage for Maine’s seniors during the Federal Medicare Part D Program implementation crisis.

• Growth Management– She co- authored affordable housing Tax Increment Financing (TIF), established statewide building code and several smart growth measures in her work as Chair of the Community Preservation Advisory Committee.

• K-12 & Higher Education - A tireless advocate who has worked on issues of education funding and tax policy, her work with the delegation in this session secured an additional $3.6 million in K-12 education dollars to the District and supported a $250 million increase in state funding to improve schools and reduce local property tax. She supported legislation that established Maine’s Community College System, increasing enrollment by 40% at Southern Maine Community College.

• Property Tax Reform - The Cumberland County delegation’s support for LD 1, the tax relief measure, increased the Homestead exemption to $13,000, doubling the maximum benefit through the Circuit Breaker Program, delivering on the promise of direct tax relief for the district.

Senator Bromley is respected by the Congressional Delegation on issues regarding small business. In a recent visit to Maine the Associate Administrator of the Small Business Administration noted “the Maine legislature really gets it when it comes to small business. Many would agree that this is due to Senator Bromley’s consistent focus and advocacy and the work of her engaged and effective Committee.”

Working with her Federal partners Senator Bromley recently encouraged Maine small business owners to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Regulatory Fairness Board Meeting. This meeting provided small business owners an opportunity to express their concerns regarding federal regulations.

" This is what small business owners here in Maine have been asking for,' said Senator Bromley, ”Our Committee established a similar board here in Maine to deal with concerns regarding Maine regulations, and the results although still early, have been very promising."

Senator Bromley is a licensed family therapist and started her own business in 1993.

Lynn lives in South Portland and has two children, Claire and Mitchell, both of whom attend South Portland public schools.