Thomas R. W. Longstaff
State Representative
Maine House District 77
(Part of Waterville)

        In 2004 residents of the City of Waterville elected me to serve on a Charter Commission formed to review and revise the City's structures of government. Subsequently, in 2005, the residents of Ward 6 elected me to represent them on the City Council. During the 5 years that I served as a Councilor I listened carefully when my constituents called me or sent me email and I always attempted to do what was best for them and for the City. In 2010 I was elected to the State House of Representatives and in this new capacity I will continue to listen carefully to my constituents and to represent them to the best of my ability. Taxes, the environment for business and employment are high on my list of priorities as are the related issues of education, the rising cost of health care and Maine's sources of energy. I know that there will be many issues to consider and encourage my constituents to let their voices be heard by contacting me. Only then can I represent them as well as I wish.

        I grew up in Maine and returned to Waterville in 1969 to accept a faculty appointment at Colby College, a position that I held until my retirement in 2002. I am a graduate of Winthrop High School, the University of Maine at Orono and Bangor Theological Seminary. I left Maine to earn a doctorate at Columbia University and was delighted to be able to return to Maine after earning that degree. Over the years I have been involved in community and public service in many ways, each of which has helped me more fully to understand life in Maine. This is a partial list of these activities:

  • Co-chair, Waterville Charter Commission
  • Volunteer, MaineGeneral and Inland Hospitals
  • Active in Community Theater
  • Chaplain, Waterville Fire Department
  • Medical Technician, Delta Ambulance
  • Call Firefighter, Waterville Fire Department
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Sidney Fire Department
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Unity Fire Department
  • Moderator, Town of Unity, Maine
  • Waterville Rotary Club
  • Central Maine Emergency Response Team (hazmat)
  • Board of Directors and Chair, Mid-Maine Global Forum
  • Treasurer, City of Waterville Democratic Committee
  • Board of Directors and President, Waterville Opera House Association
  • Board of Trustees and Chair, Bangor Theological Seminary
  • Board of Directors, Kennebec County Children and Family Resources Council
  • Resource for classes at Waterville schools
  • Maine National Guard (1953)
  • United States Marine Corps (1953-1956)

Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions and concerns.
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Updated November 11, 2010