Janet Mills '76 Sworn In As Maine's 55th Attorney General

Janet Trafton Mills ’76 was sworn in on January 7th as Maine’s 55th Attorney General and is the first woman to hold the office.

Attorney General Mills was an Assistant Attorney General from 1976 to 1980, prosecuting homicides and other major crimes, the first woman in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s office. In 1980 she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, a position to which she was re-elected three times. She was the first woman District Attorney in New England and one of the first in the country.

In her remarks, Attorney General Mills said, “The road I take is one that will open opportunities for every girl growing up in this state who once had dreams but who had to put them aside. I ran for office because I believed I was the most qualified person for the job. And I hope that history proves it so. I also ran for every Maine woman and girl who grows up in the shadows of Margaret Chase Smith and who seeks opportunity in this state.”

For the full transcript of Janet Mills' remarks: