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Biography of Attorney General Janet T. Mills

Attorney General Janet Mills congratulates Olympic gold medal winner Seth Wescott

Janet Trafton Mills was born and raised in Farmington, daughter of S. Peter Mills and Katherine Coffin Mills. Ms. Mills’ family roots and upbringing encompass many parts of Maine over many generations, from Ashland to Gorham, Farmington and Stonington.

Ms. Mills graduated from Farmington High School and earned a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law where she was an editor of the Maine Law Review.

After law school Ms. Mills served as 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, serving until January 1995. Ms. Mills was the first woman District Attorney in New England and one of the first in the country.

As District Attorney for three western Maine counties, Ms. Mills successfully prosecuted cases of arson, manslaughter, robbery, white collar fraud, sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.

Ms. Mills went into private practice in 1995 after declining to run for a fourth term as District Attorney. From 1995 through 2008, she practiced law in Skowhegan with her brother, State Senator S. Peter Mills.

In 2002 Ms. Mills was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. She was reelected in 2004 and 2006. She served on the Judiciary Committee (4 years), the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (1 year), the Special Committee on Reorganization (1 year) and the Appropriations Committee (4 years). In the legislature she utilized her expertise in criminal justice, judicial and consumer matters to tailor bills and budgets to meet the needs of Maine’s citizens. Ms. Mills had been elected to her fourth term in the House in November 2008 before being elected by the Joint Convention of the House and Senate in December 2008 to be Maine’s 55th Attorney General. Ms. Mills is the first woman to hold the office of Attorney General in Maine.

Ms. Mills heads the thirteen divisions of the Office of the Attorney General. Her goals as Attorney General are to address the problems of prescription drug diversion, domestic violence and consumer fraud.

Ms. Mills lives in Farmington with her husband Stanley Kuklinski whom she married in 1984 after he had lost his first wife to cancer. She has five stepdaughters and three grandsons.