State Representative for House District 94
Kristen Cloutier is serving her second term as the State Representative for House District 94, part of Lewiston. She currently serves on the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and serves as the House Chair of the Commission to Develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Program. She previously served on the Taxation Committee and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation System.
Kristen served as a caregiver to her mother who lost her battle with Alzheimer’s in 2018, and during the 130th Legislature, introduced legislation to create the Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program. She worked with her colleagues on the AFA Committee to fund the program through the American Rescue Plan Act. Currently in the creation phase, this program would provide caregivers the choice to receive a direct payment for care provided or the use of the existing Respite Care program to access support in the community.
Kristen also sponsored legislation increasing the funding allocation for the State’s tobacco cessation programs and targeted prevention and treatment efforts to $15.9 million, the full amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among other initiatives, she worked with her legislative colleagues and the Governor’s Office to provide disaster relief payments to over 500,000 Mainers; to set aside funds to keep breakfast and lunch free for all students; and to provide funding to senior living facilities to maintain emergency rate increases that support the professionals who care for their residents.
Kristen previously served as the Mayor of Lewiston and City Council President, representing Ward 5, where she supported various redevelopment projects and was an advocate of public art and the role it can play in economic development.
Kristen is a life-long resident of Lewiston, and has been employed by Bates College for more than two decades, most recently as the Assistant Director for Center Operations at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.
Kristen received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and her graduate degree from the University of Southern Maine. She and her husband enjoy spending time in the Maine outdoors with their daughter and two rescue dogs.
Kristen has a proven track record of getting results for her constituents. During her two terms in office, she has introduced legislation that will:
• Create the Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program to offset the costs family members accrue when caring for loved ones at home [LD 296: Resolve, To Create the Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program; LD 1733: An Act To Provide Allocations for the Distribution of State Fiscal Recovery Funds]
• Increase funding for the State’s tobacco cessation programs and targeted prevention and treatment efforts to $15.9 million, the full amount recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [LD 1868: An Act To Restore Funding to the State's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program]
• Decrease barriers and streamline business licensing so qualified new residents can enter Maine's workforce [LD 149: An Act To Facilitate Licensure for Credentialed Individuals from Other Jurisdictions]
• Direct $10m to aid Mainers experiencing homelessness [LD 211: An Act To Support Emergency Shelter Access for Persons Experiencing Homelessness; LD 1733: An Act To Provide Allocations for the Distribution of State Fiscal Recovery Funds]
• Create a more transparent process for reporting known lead paint hazards in housing [LD 336: An Act To Require That Notice of Lead Abatement Orders Be Filed with the Registry of Deeds]
• Give local school districts greater flexibility in spending reserve funds [LD 1918: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Reserve Funds of Certain School Organizational Structures]
• Make common sense changes to the laws governing motor vehicle registrations [LD 644: An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration Violations]
• Expand support for New Mainer populations across the State to become work-ready while waiting for a work permit from federal immigration authorities [LD 1533: An Act To Amend the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program]
• Increase English language learning opportunities and on-the-job training programs for skilled immigrants entering Maine’s workforce [1684: Resolve, To Strengthen Maine's Workforce by Expanding English Language Acquisition and Workforce Training Programs]
Maine was built by a strong and resourceful workforce. We must invest in the industries that keep our economic engine running today and also plan for our future. In order to accomplish both, our state government must build partnerships between schools and businesses that prepare our students for careers that will see growth, and put Mainers to work building and maintaining our infrastructure.
Maine’s workers, businesses, and families need access to reliable broadband internet to participate and grow in the digital economy, and adequately participate in their educational attainment. Policymakers must actively work to close the digital divide and assist regional and local entities in their broadband expansion efforts.
Maine can set the example for New England in developing our renewable energy infrastructure. If we invest now in community solar, tidal, thoughtfully placed wind, hydro, and biomass, Maine can be the leader in a green energy economy. Rolling back Maine’s net metering law, transitioning from fossil fuels, training Mainers in clean energy jobs, and utilizing our renewable resources benefit both the environment and consumers.
Far too many Maine families are being impacted by the opiate epidemic. By providing substance use treatment, job training and placement, more comprehensive medical and mental health care, and life-saving medications to first responders, we can begin to address this public health crisis. As legislators, we must send an important message to those in Maine who are struggling: addiction is never a moral failing; it is a problem that we must treat together with a holistic, safe and compassionate approach.
Kristen is a member of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College Community Advisory Board, the New Mainers Community Collaborative, the Bates College Sexual Misconduct Review Board, the Community Concepts, Inc. Board of Directors and the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Board of Directors.
Her previous service has included:
City Council Representative to the Lewiston School Committee
Member of the Lewiston 21st Century Advisory Board (middle and high school based after-school enrichment programming)
Chair of the City of Lewiston’s Immigrant and Refugee Integration and Policy Development Working Group
Member of the City of Lewiston’s Small Business and Workforce Development Committee
Member of the Lewiston Area Public Health Committee
Member of the Green and Healthy Homes Learning Network
Member of the Community Health Stakeholders Coalition
Member of the Steering Committee for Sophia’s House at the Center for Wisdom’s Women
Mentor for the Maine NEW Leadership Program through the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine
Member of the Androscoggin County Budget Committee
Member of the Androscoggin Valley Council of Government’s General Assembly
In 2022, Kristen was selected by the Council of State Governments for the Henry Toll Fellowship, one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials.
Kristen was named a NewDEAL Leader in 2021 by The NewDEAL, a selective national network of exceptional, rising, pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders.
In 2019, Kristen was honored with the YWCA of Central Maine’s Lee Young Leadership Award in recognition of her civic, organizational, and community leadership.
Kristen was recognized as a Woman of Excellence in 2017 by the National Foundation of Women Legislators for her work on the Lewiston City Council.
Kristen is a Class of 2015 alumnae of Emerge Maine and was awarded the Emerge Rising Star Award in 2017 for her mentorship and support of women running for elected office.
Kristen was the recipient of the 2014 Healthy Androscoggin Leadership Award for her work on lead poisoning prevention and awareness.
"It’s been an honor to serve alongside Representative Kristen Cloutier, to see her go to bat for the residents of Lewiston. Kristen is a respected leader in Augusta who brings a wealth of experience to issues such as economic development, education, and healthcare.”
- Ryan Fecteau, Speaker of the Maine House
"Representative Cloutier delivers for Lewiston every single time."
- Carl Sheline, Mayor of Lewiston
“Kristen Cloutier is exactly the person needed in Augusta right now. She is smart, she is dedicated and she tells it like it is. She is that perfect combination of intensity and compassion. Plus, she is always willing to listen.”
- Bruce Noddin, Recovery Advocate
“Serving on the Lewiston City Council with Council President Cloutier provided me firsthand knowledge of her skills as a unifying leader. I am continually impressed by her ability to voice her opinion in a respectful, thoughtful manner and look to this as a guide to my own work.”
- Alicia Rea, former Lewiston City Councilor
“Kristen Cloutier brings vision, expertise and proven leadership skills, along with a willingness to thoughtfully and thoroughly research issues and listen closely to constituents’ concerns to the Maine State House of Representatives.”
- Sandy Marquis, Lewiston small business owner
“Rep. Kristen Cloutier does her homework, is a careful steward of residents’ tax dollars and helps negotiate challenging issues with competence and compassion.”
- Sen. Nate Libby, Lewiston
“Lewiston doesn’t need leaders who talk in sound bites and foster closed-mindedness. We need local leaders who will bring this city into the 21st Century — leaders like Kristen Cloutier.”
- Mark Cayer, former Mayor of Lewiston