Senator Craig Hickman Makes History As The First Black Man To Serve In Both Chambers of the Maine Legislature


March 12, 2021

He’s a two-time champion!

Senator Craig Hickman is making history as the first Black man to serve in both chambers of the Maine legislature, AP News reports. 


Hickman is a farmer from Winthrop, Maine. His father a former Tuskegee Airman with both parents being very active in the civil rights movement. Eventually, he got into politics, making history as the first openly gay Black man to serve in the House of Representatives, completing four terms. Now, Hickman has won a special election for the Senate District 14 seat, succeeding Democrat Shenna Bellows and making history as the first Black man to serve in both chambers. 

The Maine Legislature met for the first time since December, socially distanced in the local civic center. Several bills were on the table, including state tax exemption for pandemic loans and unemployment benefits, a state flag change, an amended supplemental budget, and discussions about locals who gathered outside to advocate for medical marijuana and object to pandemic restrictions. 

Democratic Governor Janet Mills swore in Sen. Hickman just one day after his victory allowing him to begin his work. The two-time legislature representative spoke about his appointment, saying he’s excited to start serving his constituents. 


“Growing up Black and gay and blue-collar in America, nobody ever said it was going to be easy. But my experiences have taught me the importance of protecting our communities and standing up for those in need,” he said. 

Congratulations, Senator Hickman!

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press


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