About Senator Cathy Breen

Cathy was elected to the Maine Senate in 2014.  She serves as the lead Senate Democrat on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.  Cathy was a vocal and successful advocate for the popular Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program as it faced threats from the Executive branch over the last year.  In addition, Cathy also supported the Maine Legislature’s recently passed budget that lowered income taxes for over 500,000 Maine families. Moreover, she supported the state budget provisions aimed at stabilizing local property taxes:  doubling the homestead exemption for all Maine homeowners, and retaining municipal revenue sharing at current levels.

In addition to her passion for Maine’s environment, Cathy Breen has fought for high quality K-12 education, improved college affordability, small business growth, tax reform, and early childhood social and emotional health in Maine. On April 30, 2016, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics named Cathy their 2015 Legislator of the Year. She makes the priorities of her constituents her top priority in Augusta.

Regarding legislation, Cathy was the lead sponsor on a bill allowing the Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Falmouth to raise private money to support the school’s mission and property on scenic Mackworth Island.  The bill became law in March 2016.  

In 2015, in concert with the Gray Town Council, Cathy hosted the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Gray where he could review and address a long-standing road surface problem on Route 26.  As a result, the MDOT has completed temporary improvements and has put $2.3 million in the department’s 2017-18 work plan for a more durable solution.  For a complete list of the bills Cathy has sponsored and co-sponsored, click here.

Elected as a Falmouth Town Councilor from 2005 to 2011, serving twice as Chair, Cathy was a strong proponent of controlled growth and land conservation.  She led the effort for passage of the 2007 Open Space referendum, one of the most successful municipal efforts to conserve local land and wildlife habitat in Maine history. 

As a Town Councilor, Cathy consistently helped keep property tax rates low in Falmouth.

During her six years as Falmouth’s representative on the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), Cathy promoted improved efficiency in local and regional services. She was also a strong advocate for mass transit and long-range transportation planning along the coastal corridor from Falmouth to Freeport.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Spurwink Services, Inc., a statewide agency that addresses the needs of children and adults with behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities.  She served on the Board of Directors of Community Counseling Center from 2004-2007.

Cathy has lived in Falmouth since 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master’s of Education from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is married to attorney Jay S. Geller and has two children.

 

 

©2015 Cathy Breen and her family

©2015 Cathy Breen and her family

"Cathy Breen is thoughtful and positive and doing a great job representing our district."  
— Hon. Dick Woodbury, Yarmouth
"Cathy Breen stood by our side and fought for our Land for Maine's Future projects."  
— Hon. Stephen Moriarty, Cumberland
"We can count on Cathy Breen to support our schools."  
— Lucy Tucker, Falmouth
"Cathy Breen is a tireless advocate who find solutions to local problems."  
— Matthew Sturgis, Gray
"Cathy Breen makes our priorities her priorities."  
— Brendan Rielly, Westbrook