Representative W. Bruce MacDonaldRepresentative Bruce MacDonald is serving his third term in the Maine House of Representatives and serves as the House Democratic lead on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. Representative MacDonald previously was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources as well as the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development. This committee assignment is a good fit for a legislator who represents the islands of Arrowsic, Georgetown, Southport and Westport Island and the mainland coastal communities of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor. Bruce has been very active in his efforts to support and sustain the fishing industry and small businesses in his district and throughout Maine.

Representative MacDonald was a school principal for 20 years and worked as a computer program and software development manager. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and earned his masters’ degree from Harvard University.

His commitment to public service includes three terms as a member of the school committee and board of selectman in Reading, Massachusetts. In Boothbay, he was a selectman for one term.
Representative MacDonald’s family were fishermen from Gloucester, and he has had a longtime interest in maintaining and strengthening the fishing tradition in the Gulf of Maine. His other interests include health insurance reform; energy conservation and development of alternative energy sources; tax reform; and development of the community college system and affordable higher education opportunities.

He has recently served on both the Presiding Officers’ Heat and Energy Emergency Task Force and the Wind Power Task Force and will continue to work towards energy independence for Maine and innovative, long-term efforts to create energy security for Mainers.

Committees
Rep. MacDonald serves as the House Democratic Lead member on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources.

For more information about the schedule of committee hearings or to sign up for advance notice of public hearings click here.

Issues
Serving on Marine Resources will give me the opportunity to better represent the concerns of my district of four islands and a peninsula, all with historical and present-day working connections to the ocean.

Our committee work will be essential to ensuring a viable and sustainable yield of fish, lobster and other organisms from the ocean. We will work toward a balance that will be good for our marine environment, good for our local maritime economy, and good for the economy of the state of Maine.

Legislation
Click here to see all bills, joint resolutions and orders I sponsored or cosponsored this session, as well as legislative sentiments that honor and recognize people from our district and throughout the state.

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