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.