ELLSWORTH –State Sen. Louie Luchini (D-Hancock County) announced his resignation from the Maine Senate on Tuesday in a letter to Senate Speaker Troy Jackson. Luchini’s resignation is effective immediately as he begins a new role as Region 1 Advocate with the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.
“Serving the people of Hancock County – the community where I grew up – for the past 12 years has been the honor of a lifetime,” Luchini said. “I look forward to continuing to serve Maine and all New England states in my new role. I consider it a privilege to serve New England small businesses, helping them grow and to work as their voice in Washington, DC, and I am grateful to Congressman Golden for advocating on my behalf.
In this role, Luchini will advocate for small businesses in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He will work with small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators and trade associations, to be their voice in Washington, D.C.
“Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Louie fought to protect our proud tradition of free and fair elections, led the way in regulatory reform, and advocated for increased investment in our small businesses and local economies. . It was truly an honor to serve alongside him; it is an even greater honor to call him a friend,” President Jackson said. “I wish him well in his new role and I’m confident he will be a tremendous asset to the state in the Office of Defense.”
The Hatch Act prohibits individuals employed by the federal government under programs funded by federal loans or grants from certain political activities, including running for partisan public office.
A special election to fill this position will be announced at a later date.
“Having worked with Louie Luchini for four years at the State House, I can tell you firsthand that small businesses in Maine now have a professional and dedicated SBA attorney. No one works harder than Louie. I am thrilled to see Louie putting his Maine small business problem-solving experience to work at the regional level, and I was proud to recommend him for this position,” said Congressman Jared Golden (D-Maine ).
Created by Congress in 1976, the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy heads the office. The Chief Counsel represents the views, concerns, and interests of small businesses before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Economic research, policy analysis and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, DC support the Chief Counsel’s efforts.