Janet Mills has spent her life fighting for the people of Maine. From her time serving as a District Attorney and State Representative to her current role as Attorney General, Janet has been a tireless advocate for working families, small businesses, and those who have been left behind.
After the 2008 economic crisis left thousands of Maine families facing bankruptcy, it was Janet who successfully sued financial ratings company Standard and Poor’s, holding them responsible for their role in the collapse. Then, Janet used settlement money to fund programs that helped Mainers avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
More recently, Janet has led the charge to fight Maine’s opiate crisis. When the Governor’s office refused to take action, Janet took on the pharmaceutical companies, suing them for lying to patients about their products. Bent on saving lives, Janet went on to use settlement funds from these lawsuits to purchase significant amounts of Narcan and distribute it to police officers around the state, in many cases personally driving shipments to rural Maine police stations.
Janet’s passion for and commitment to Maine runs deep. She was born and raised in Farmington, Maine, and lives there today.
Growing up in a rural community with three brothers and a sister, delivering newspapers at the age of six, and waiting tables at the Shiretown Diner as a teenager, Janet learned early on about the Maine values of family, hard work, and fighting for what you believe in.
After graduating from Farmington High School, Mills earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. After living and working in Portland and Lewiston, in 1985 Janet married the love of her life, Stan Kuklinski, a widower with five young daughters. Janet and Stan moved their family back to Farmington, where they lived until Stan’s death in 2014.
Janet is now a proud grandmother to three grandsons and a granddaughter, who she hopes will have the opportunity to stay in this state long after they graduate from high school.
Driven by a desire to make a difference in Maine, Janet first entered public service as an Assistant Attorney General, where she prosecuted homicides and other major crimes. After seeing firsthand how the criminal justice system often failed victims of domestic violence, Janet also co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby to advocate for battered and abused women.
Knowing that she could do more, she successfully ran for District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, where she was re-elected three more times.
Janet went on to be elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2002, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. She served on the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
In December 2008, Janet was elected by the Joint Convention of the Legislature to be Maine’s 55th Attorney General, making her the first woman to serve as Attorney General in Maine history.
Bangor Daily News
Attorney General Janet Mills said Tuesday she has found a funding source for expanding Medicaid in Maine, which could snuff some arguments against expansion [...] Read more
Bangor Daily News
Janet Mills: “Maine’s competitive advantages include a solid bedrock of granite and cool temperatures. Technology data centers, built along our fiber network backbone, cooled with geothermal units and using brownfield funds to renovate old mills, could heat greenhouses and nearby businesses and bring good-paying jobs to areas hard hit by mill closings.” [...] Read more
FARMINGTON, Maine — The Janet Mills for Governor campaign today filed 3,000 signatures with the Secretary of State, the legal maximum, to qualify for the June ballot. [...] Read more
Portland Press Herald
Janet Mills, in fact, wants to argue for the other side, that the state Constitution was violated by LePage officials when they emptied the Downeast Correctional Facility last week. [...] Read more
Portland Press Herald
Janet Mills’ campaign for governor has received an early endorsement from Emily’s List, the national organization that promotes Democratic women running for political office. The endorsement from Emily’s List could provide Mills – Maine’s attorney general and one of the perceived frontrunners in the crowded Democratic field for governor – with national exposure as well as the backing of an organization that spends heavily on campaigns. Emily’s List claims to have raised more than $500 million “to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates” running for governor, Congress and state legislative seats since 1985. [...] Read more
Attorney General Janet Mills is leading the Democratic field with $350,000 raised in the last six months, more than $70,000 more than her closest rival. In a statement Mills noted that 99 percent of her contributions came from individuals, as opposed to PACs and corporations, and 85 percent of them came from Maine residents. Her average contribution was $178. Among Mills’ biggest donors are former Attorney General Drew Ketterer, personal injury attorney Joe Bornstein, author Tess Gerritsen, Ocean View at Falmouth founder Ohn Wasileski and former legislator Tom Davidson, founder of the education software start-up Everfi. [...] Read more
US News and World Report
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills joined a group of attorneys general who are suing to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules. [...] Read more
Even with so many candidates running, some names have already risen to the top. In Maine, Democrat and current Attorney General Janet Mills is seen as the frontrunner. Mills is a longtime legislator and is known for standing up to LePage in many political fights, on issues ranging from health care to declining to sue the federal government at the LePage administration’s request. [...] Read more
Bangor Daily News
What we are doing now is not winning this war. We must do more than “just say no.” The solution requires compassion, community, a change in culture and our full commitment as a state. One more overdose is one too many. One more family torn asunder is one too many. One more orphaned child is one too many. Let’s make 2018 a new beginning. [...] Read more
In high school, Janet T. Mills memorized a speech by Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine denouncing McCarthyism. Half a century later, the words have not left that state’s first woman attorney general. “Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought,” she recited off the cuff in an interview with CQ Roll Call. “Those words stick with you,” she added. Mills has fought during her time in office — both in support of other women and opposing Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a tea party Republican who often comes under fire for lewd remarks and policies that members of his own party have rebuked. [...] Read more