Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick won two more years as House speaker, and former assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan was chosen for majority leader. McCabe succeeds Seth Berry, who left the Legislature after serving four consecutive terms representing his district, the maximum allowed under Maine’s term-limits law.
Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport was tapped as assistant House majority leader. Recently elected to her second term, Gideon is a newcomer to legislative leadership.
McCabe turned back a challenge from Rep. Barry Hobbins of Saco, a legislative veteran who was assistant Senate minority leader in the 125th Legislature. Gideon defeated Rep. Lori Fowle of Vassalboro in a contest between two second-term incumbents.
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