List: Did your Maine Representative Vote Not To Make FGM Illegal?

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Did your legislator vote against making Female Genital Mutilation a crime?

It’s one of the most sought after pieces of information right now. In the 128th Maine Legislature a bill to ban FGM/C was put forward.

According to a Population Reference Bureau study, which analyzed census data, more than 1,600 females in Maine were at risk for this practice, including almost 400 girls under age 18.

The bill was supported by the Maine Prosecutor’s Association as well as individuals who have survived the horrific practice. The bill was sponsored by more than 60 Representatives and Senators of both political parties.

The effort to ban FGM/C is so widespread globally that the United Nations has established an International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, and 27 states in the USA have banned FGM/C. Maine has even been provided a federal grant to do education and prevention of FGM/C, and the World Health Organization, UNICEF and countless other governmental and human rights groups actively work to make FGM/C illegal.


The sponsor of the Maine bill, Rep. Heather Sirocki, has even been nominated for the Global Woman Award by the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. Her nomination is supported by FGM/C survivor F.A. Cole, who testified in favor of Sirocki’s bill before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee.

Following is a complete list of Maine State Representatives who voted against making FGM/C illegal under Maine law, along with the cities and towns they represent, and how many votes they cast against making FGM/C illegal.

The most votes a Representative could have cast against making FGM/C illegal is 4. If your representative is not listed, they consistently voted in favor of making FGM/C illegal under Maine law.

Roll calls cited are LD 745, #308, #331, #332, #382

House District 1 – Deane Rykerson – Kittery (part)

Deane Rykerson not to make FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 2 – Mark Lawrence – Eliot, Kittery (part), South Berwick (part)

Mark Lawrence voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 3 – Lydia Blume – York (part)

Lydia Blume voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 4 – Patricia Hymanson – Ogunquit, Sanford (part), Wells (part), York (part)

Patricia Hymanson voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 6 – Jennifer Parker – North Berwick (part), South Berwick (part)

Jennifer Parker voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 8 – Christopher Babbidge – Kennebunk (part)

Christopher Babbidge voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 11 –
Ryan Fecteau – Biddeford (part)

Ryan Fecteau voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 12 – Martin Grohman – Biddeford (part)

Martin Grohman voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 13 – George Hogan – Old Orchard Beach

George Hogan voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 14 – Donna Bailey – Saco (part)

Donna Bailey voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 15 – Margaret O’Neil – Saco (part)

Margaret O’Neil voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 18 – Anne-Marie Mastraccio – Sanford (part)

Anne-Marie Mastraccio voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 24 – Mark Bryant – Windham (part)

Mark Bryant voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 26 – Maureen Terry – Gorham (part)

Maureen Terry voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 27 – Andrew McLean – Gorham (part), Scarborough (part)

Andrew McLean voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 30 – Kimberly Monaghan – Cape Elizabeth (part)

Kimberly Monaghan voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 31 – Lois Reckitt – South Portland (part)

Lois Reckitt voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 32 – Scott Hamann – South Portland (part), Cape Elizabeth (part)

Scott Hamann voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 33 – Kevin Battle – South Portland (part)

Kevin Battle voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 1 time.

House District 34 – Drew Gattine – Westbrook (part)

Drew Gattine voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 35 – Dillon Bates – Westbrook (part)

Dillon Bates voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 36 – Denise Harlow – Portland (part)

Denise Harlow voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 37 – Richard Farnsworth – Portland (part)

Richard Farnsworth voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 38 – Matthew Moonen – Portland (part)

Matthew Moonen voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 39 – Michael Sylvester – Portland (part)

Michael Sylvester voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 40 – Rachel Talbot Ross – Portland (part)

Rachel Talbot Ross voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 41 – Erik Jorgensen – Portland (part)

Erik Jorgensen voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 42 – Benjamin Collings – Portland (part)

Benjamin Collings voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 43 – Heather Sanborn – Portland (part), Falmouth (part)

Heather Sanborn voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 44 – Teresa Pierce – Falmouth (part)

Teresa Pierce voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 45 – Dale Denno – Cumberland, Gray (part)

Dale Denno voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 2 times.


House District 47 – Janice Cooper – Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, Long Island

Janice Cooper voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 48 – Sara Gideon – Freeport, Pownal (part)

Sara Gideon voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 3 times.

House District 49 – Matthea Daughtry – Brunswick (part)

Matthea Daughtry voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 50 – Ralph Tucker – Brunswick (part)

Ralph Tucker voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 51 – Joyce McCreight – Brunswick (part), Harpswell, West Bath

Joyce McCreight voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 52 – Jennifer DeChant – Bath

Jennifer DeChant voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 54 – Denise Tepler – Topsham

Denise Tepler voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 55 – Seth Berry – Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond (part)

Seth Berry voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 58 – James Handy – Lewiston (part)

James Handy voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 59 – Roger Fuller – Lewiston (part)

Roger Fuller voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 60 – Jared Golden – Lewiston (part)

Jared Golden voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 61 – Heidi Brooks – Lewiston (part)

Heidi Brooks voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 62 – Gina Melaragno – Auburn (part)

Gina Melaragno voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 64 – Bettyann Sheats – Auburn (part), Minot

Bettyann Sheats voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 66 – Jessica Fay – Raymond (part), Casco (part), Poland (part)

Jessica Fay voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 74 – Christina Riley – Jay, Livermore (part), Livermore Falls

Christina Riley voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 78 – Catherine Nadeau – Winslow, Benton (part)

Catherine Nadeau voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 81 – Craig Hickman – Readfield, Winthrop, Monmouth (part)

Craig Hickman voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 82 – Kent Ackley – Litchfield, Monmouth (part), Wales

Kent Ackley voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 83 – Gay Grant – Farmingdale, Gardiner

Gay Grant voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 1 time.

House District 84 – Charlotte Warren – Hallowell, Manchester, West Gardiner

Charlotte Warren voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 85 – Donna Doore – Augusta (part)

Donna Doore voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 90 – Mick Devin – Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle, Nobleboro (part), South Bristol (part))

Mick Devin voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 2 times.

House District 92 – John Spear – Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Matinicus Isle Plantation

John Spear voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 3 times.

House District 93 – Pinny Beebe-Center – Owls Head, Rockland

Pinny Beebe-Center voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 94 – Owen Casas – Camden, Islesboro, Rockport

Owen Casas voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 96 – Stan Zeigler – Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont

Stan Zeigler voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 97 – Erin Herbig – Belfast, Northport, Waldo

Erin Herbig voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 107 – Betty Austin – Skowhegan, Madison (part)

Betty Austin voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 109 – Thomas Longstaff – Waterville (part)

Thomas Longstaff voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 110 – Colleen Madigan – Waterville (part), Oakland (part)

Colleen Madigan voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 115 – John Madigan – Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner and Woodstock

John Madigan voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.


House District 121 – Bob Duchesne – Alton, Corinth, Hudson, Milford, Argyle

Bob Duchesne voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 122 – Michelle Dunphy – Old Town, Penobscot Indian Island

Michelle Dunphy voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 123 – Ryan Tipping – Orono (part)

Ryan Tipping voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 124 – Aaron Frey – Bangor (part), Orono (part)

Aaron Frey voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 125 – Victoria Kornfield – Bangor (part)

Victoria Kornfield voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 126 – John Schneck – Bangor (part)

John Schneck voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 127 – Barbara Cardone – Bangor (part)

Barbara Cardone voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 132 – Louis Luchini – Ellsworth, Trenton

Louis Luchini voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 133 – Ralph Chapman – Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, Surry

Ralph Chapman voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 2 times.

House District 134 – Walter Kumiega – Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, North Haven, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Swan’s Island, Tremont, Vinalhaven

Walter Kumiega voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 135 – Brian Hubbell – Bar Harbor, Lamoine, Mount Desert

Brian Hubbell voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 138 – Robert Alley – Addison, Beals, Cherryfield, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Harrington, Jonesboro, Jonesport, Marshfield, Milbridge, Whitneyville

Robert Alley voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 140 – Anne Perry – Baileyville, Calais, Charlotte, Passamaquoddy Indian Township, Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point, Pembroke, Perry, Robbinston, Baring Plantation

Anne Perry voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 143 – Steve Stanley – East Millinocket, Medway, Millinocket, Patten

Steve Stanley voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 3 times.

House District 148 – David McCrea– Caswell, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Hamlin, Limestone, Presque Isle (part), Stockholm, Cyr Plantation

David McCrea voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 150 – Roland “Danny” Martin – Frenchville, Grand Isle, Madawaska, St. Agatha, Van Buren, Square Lake

Roland “Danny” Martin voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

House District 151 – John Martin – Allagash, Ashland, Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Masardis, New Canada, Portage Lake, St. Francis, Wallagrass and Plantations of Garfield, Nashville, Oxbow, St. John and Winterville

John Martin voted against making FGM illegal under Maine law 4 times.

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